• The Sentence

    The Sentence

    Winner of the Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, this moving film from first-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez chronicles the aftermath of his sister's incarceration--and the consequences of mandatory-minimum sentencing. Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage to tell the story of Rudy Valdez's sister, Cindy Shank, who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend--something known, in legal terms, as "the girlfriend problem." In the midst of this ordeal, Valdez finds his voice as both a filmmaker and an activist, as he and his family begin to fight for Cindy's release during the last months of the Obama administration's Clemency Initiative.
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