Saving Face

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Saving Face

"Saving Face" is a criminal investigation documentary about one of the most fascinating cases in Miami-Dade history.

In the late 1980s, a 15-year-old troublemaker named Matt Kern was arrested as an accessory in a robbery-turned-murder of an 18-year-old. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. There, despite threats of abuse and sodomy, he rose to become a bookie and drug dealer, the kingpin of the jail. Equally amazing as his industrious ascent in the prison underworld is his subsequent reformation, following a period in solitary confinement. His life-changing conversion to Christianity leads to the possibility for clemency.

Told with moving family interviews and occasional re-enactments, "Saving Face" is a testament to the healing power of faith and, most significantly, an indictment of a heartless prison system that doesn't provide the opportunity for constructive change.

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