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The Sentence

Regie Rudy Valdez
USA, 2018

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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.”

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The Sentence Regie Rudy Valdez


Valdez’s footage is meant to serve as a document of the many years Cindy loses with her daughters—which is why so much of what appears in The Sentence, particularly the very best moments, feel more like home movies than a documentary, per se.
October 15, 2018
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It’s impossible to witness the emotions of the children, of Adam, of the Valdez parents, of Cindy, without feeling for them—it’s an emotionally exhausting film—but a little bit of perspective might have resulted in an even more politically urgent document. As it is, though, “The Sentence” is the beginning of a conversation that needs to continue.
October 12, 2018
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