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The Sentence (Sundance Friday: Women Power)

The Sentence (Sundance Friday: Women Power)

Director: Rudy Valdez
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Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy’s incarceration for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.” Cindy’s 15-year mandatory sentence is hard on everyone, but for her husband and children, Cindy’s sudden banishment feels like a kind of death that becomes increasingly difficult to grapple with.
Valdez’s method of coping with this tragedy is to film his sister’s family for her, both the everyday details and the milestones—moments Cindy herself can no longer share in. But in the midst of this nightmare, Valdez finds his voice as both a filmmaker and activist, he and his family begin to fight for Cindy’s release during the last months of the Obama’s clemency initiative.

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, Presented by Acura

**7/12 Post-screening Sharing
Dr. Dorothy Lau (Asst. Professor, Film Academy of HKBU)

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