Chinonye Chukwu, a Nigerian-American screenwriter, producer and director recently emerged the first Black woman to win the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S Dramatic Grand Jury Prize for her U.S. Dramatic entry, “Clemency.’’
'Clemency' beautifully examines the emotional weight of a prison warden's duty of carrying out executions.
According to her, the film was made “so we as a society can stop defining people by their worst possible acts, that we can end mass incarceration and dismantle the prison-industrial complex, and root our societies in true justice and mercy and freedom, which is all tied to our joy inside, which nobody can ever incarcerate and execute”.
Some notable Grand Jury Prize winners include Nanfu Wang’s “One Child Nation”, Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir”, Rebecca Miller andTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s “Honeyland”.
Chukwu is also set to direct a movie adaptation of ‘A Taste of Power’, a memoir by Elaine Brown, former leader of the Black Panther Party. Read more on Chionye Chukwu from our discover Nigeria Page.
The Sundance Film Festival is an annual gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. The program includes dramatic and documentary features, short films; series and episodic content.
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