Perhaps the one fate worse than death is false imprisonment. Losing the best years of your life to a prison cell is a staple of fiction, from the Count of Monte Cristo to the Shawshank Redemption.

The most powerful and important film at Sundance this year, After Innocence, tackles life after exoneration. Unfortunately, Innocence is a documentary and not a drama.

jessica sanders sundance 2005 Director Jessica Sanders tells the horrifying stories of normal people—people like you or I—who are arrested and convicted of crimes they did not commit. The story details the victims who have either been, or hope to be, exonerated of their crimes through DNA testing which didn't exist at the time of their convictions.

Sanders tracks the progress of the Innocence Project, a non-profit dedicated to freeing the falsely convicted, as well as those who have been released from prison.

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