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Alfre Woodard is a Stern Prison Warden in First Trailer for 'Clemency'

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September 19, 2019
Source: YouTube

Clemency Trailer

"Can't understand, can't know what it's like." Neon has debuted an official trailer for Clemency, a new film written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to quite a bit of acclaim, winning the Grand Jury Prize in the Competition. The film has been stopping by other festivals including Seattle, Toronto, and London next. Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another unfairly accused inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons that her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill. Alfre Woodard stars, joined by Aldis Hodge, Danielle Brooks, Wendell Pierce, Richard Schiff, LaMonica Garrett, Vernee Watson, Michael O'Neill, Dennis Haskins. It's described as a film that attempts to "redefine the definition of justice in the American judicial system."

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Chinonye Chukwu's Clemency, direct from Neon's YouTube:

Clemency Poster

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill. Clemency is both written and directed by Nigerian producer / filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu, her second feature film following alaskaLand previously, as well as numerous other short films. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at the Seattle, Toronto, and London Film Festivals. Neon will release Chukwu's Clemency in select US theaters starting December 27th at the end of this year. Curious?

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6 Comments

1

Yup, it's a dillemma that no film will resolve ...

shiboleth on Sep 19, 2019

2

That's for sure, shiboleth. I remember, 50 yrs. ago, getting out of the Army and working in film. The whole capital punishment thing was going on then and was demonstrated against as an important issue. Nothing was resolved back then and it still hasn't been. So here's another film dealing with it and an actress capable of the emotional turmoil of it all... but as you say...this film nor any film will resolve it. Human beings kill one another and find justifications for doing so. Weird...

thespiritbo on Sep 19, 2019

3

Oh it was resolved. The only punishment some crimes are worthy of is removing the person from society once and for all. Not every criminal is remorseful not every one is rehabitable.

Michael Lederman on Sep 22, 2019

4

Woodard and Schiff... two incredible actors...

kitano0 on Sep 19, 2019

5

She is such a gifted actor. Her roles are always powerful and strong as stone.

DAVIDPD on Sep 19, 2019

6

so true.

dan on Sep 20, 2019

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