CLEMENCY
Feature Narrative | 113 minutes

HIFF 2019

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This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/12/2019 and 10/13/2019
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Directed By
Chinonye Chukwu

Produced By
Peter Wong
Bronwyn Cornelius
Timur Bekbosunov
Julian Cautherley

Written By
Chinonye Chukwu

Featuring
Alfre Woodard
Richard Schiff
Aldis Hodge
Wendell Pierce
Richard Gunn
Danielle Brooks


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2019 | English | USA

In the wake of a botched execution under her watch, prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) finds herself questioning her position, her home life, and the ethical consequences of the work she oversees. The arrival of the newest death row inmate, Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge, HIFF 2019 Breakthrough Artist), along with the lawyer, relatives, and protestors fighting for his release, further complicates the increasingly undeniable truth—that under her professional, strong-willed demeanor, she is quickly approaching a breaking point. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Chinonye Chukwu’s CLEMENCY is a thought-provoking look at the psychological effects of capital punishment, anchored by Woodard’s career-best performance at its center.

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