Clemency | Denver Film Society | Chinonye Chukwu | USA

Clemency

Chinonye Chukwu

EnglishUSA2019113 min

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Overview

Writer/director Chinonye Chukwu’s profound prison drama begins, devastatingly, with a botched execution. It’s a rare stain on the otherwise spotless record of warden Bernadine Williams—played by the ever-exceptional Alfre Woodard—who prides herself on consummate professionalism.


But as she dutifully prepares to carry out another capital punishment under intense scrutiny from the media and the public, the pressure of her job is taking its toll. She’s drinking too much, sleeping too little, and keeping her increasingly frustrated husband Jonathan at arm’s length—all while wrestling with doubts that the condemned man, Anthony Woods, is guilty of the crime for which he’s about to pay the ultimate price. Even as her inmates face their death sentences, it seems, the executioner is sentenced to life in this Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner.


Sponsored by Silva Insurance, Barbara Bridges, Friends of UNFPA, Queen City Optical Provisions, Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Helliemae’s, KIND Snacks, Capital One Café, SAG indie, SAG-AFTRA

Producer: Timur Bekbosunov, Julian Cautherley, Bronwyn Cornelius, Peter Wong | Editor: Phyllis Housen | Cinematographer: Eric Branco | Screenwriter: Chinonye Chukwu
Cast: Aldis Hodge, Alfre Woodard, Wendell Pierce, Danielle Brooks, Richard Schiff

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