This week on the show, Paulina sits down with Rudy Valdez and Cindy Shank- the brother and sister behind the new HBO documentary, The Sentence. The Sentence explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of Cindy, a mother of three young children and told through the eyes and camera of her younger brother, Rudy Valdez.
Our Conversation with Rudy Valdez
(7:58): What part of Mexico is your family from?
(9:00): What got you into filmmaking?
(10:50): How did this experience change/affect your family? How did it change you?
(13:05): How are your nieces now?
(14:50): You fought many years for the freedom of your sister. I imagine that you had moments of weakness ... how did you overcome them?
(16:56): How did the family react to the idea of filming a documentary and exposing the family situation to the public?
Our Conversation with Cindy Shank
(23:10): Tell us a little bit about what happened leading up to your prison sentence (so listeners get a better background of what happened)
(24:00): What did it feel like to be away from your family for so long- what was going through your mind when they came to your door?
(25:10): The importance of the father
(26:30): How did it change you? How did you come out of it?
(27:50): The issue on shame
(28:50): Describe the feeling of finding out you had been granted early release.
(29:35): How did this whole experience affect your daughters? Any tips to pass along to our mothers/mothers who may be going through the same/similar experience or know someone who is?
(31:20): The ultimate bond between a parent and a child
(31:55): How did you acclimate to life outside? Did you find many things had changed? Any issues with new technology?
(33:45): Favorite memory since your release?
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