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Clemency  2019
Director:  Chinonye Chukwu
Producer:
  Bronwyn Cornelius, Julian Cautherley, Peter Wong and Timur Bekbosunov
Art Director:
  David Duerte
Editor:
  Phyllis Housen
Music:
  Kathryn Bostic
Screenplay:
  Chinonye Chukwu
Director of Photography:
  Eric Branco
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Cast:
spacer1 Alfre Woodard
spacer1 Aldis Hodge
spacer1 Richard Schiff
spacer1 Wendell Pierce
spacer1 Richard Gunn
spacer1 Danielle Brooks
spacer1 Michael O’Neill
spacer1 LaMonica Garrett
spacer1 Vernee Wilson
spacer1 Dennis Haskins
spacer1 Alex Castillo
spacer1 John Churchill
spacer1 Alfre Woodard spacer1 Aldis Hodge spacer1 Richard Schiff
spacer1 Wendell Pierce spacer1 Richard Gunn spacer1 Danielle Brooks
spacer1 Michael O’Neill spacer1 LaMonica Garrett spacer1 Vernee Wilson
spacer1 Dennis Haskins spacer1 Alex Castillo spacer1 John Churchill
spacer1 Alfre Woodard spacer1 Aldis Hodge
spacer1 Richard Schiff spacer1 Wendell Pierce
spacer1 Richard Gunn spacer1 Danielle Brooks
spacer1 Michael O’Neill spacer1 LaMonica Garrett
spacer1 Vernee Wilson spacer1 Dennis Haskins
spacer1 Alex Castillo spacer1 John Churchill

Synopsis:
How do you salvage your marriage when you are struggling to salvage your soul, your sense of self, and your sense of right and wrong? Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) is a prison warden who, over the years, has been drifting away from her husband while dutifully carrying out executions in a maximum security prison. When she strikes up a unique bond with death-row inmate Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge), a layer of emotional skin is peeled back, forcing Bernadine to confront the complex – and often contradictory – relationship between good intentions, unrequited desires, and what it means to be sanctioned to kill.
Review:
Clemency is an absorbing and penetrating character study that pulls into deep focus the various ways in which people facing impossible ethical circumstances strive to achieve some state of grace. Director Chinonye Chukwu crafts a dense, emotional film through masterful restraint and precision, drawing forth radiant performances that illuminate the internal grapplings of people searching for redemption and self-recognition. A rare, sensitive, and deeply observant prison drama, Clemency offers a fresh and meaningful contribution to the genre.

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