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In Hollywood, the wrongfully accused are just a rock hammer and a Raquel Welch poster away from tunneling out of prison, smiting those that done them wrong, and living out their days on an exotic beach waiting for a buddy to stroll up. It certainly makes for a decent feel-good flick—but one that’s as far from the reality presented in Jessica Sanders’ 2004 documentary, After Innocence, as possible. Following the lives of men cleared—some with the help of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal clinic that handles cases in which “post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence”—Sanders’ film documents the harrowing trials that await the exonerated, including getting their records expunged, finding work, and rejoining society with little support from the system that locked them up. The film shows in conjunction with the exhibition “The Innocents: Headshots” at 7 p.m. at Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. (202) 299-0460. (Matthew Borlik)