In this 2004 documentary, local filmmaker Tod Lending (Legacy) takes an intimate look at the struggles of two Maryland ex-cons trying to reintegrate themselves into society. When we first meet Omar, he’s full of plans for his postprison life. Armed with his faith (he’s converted to Islam in prison), a supportive family, and a team of counselors, he seems primed to succeed—which makes it all the more painful when he faces setbacks that even his longtime friend Pete, a fellow ex-con, can’t help him overcome. Lending lets us see Omar for the flawed but likable man he is, and in the process gets us to care deeply about his fate. 83 min.