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Clemency w/ Black Perspectives Tribute

  •   Chinonye Chukwu
  •   United States

The Festival’s annual Black Perspectives Tribute has consistently honored actors and directors of the highest caliber—from legendary icons such as Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee to powerhouse performers Forest Whitaker and Viola Davis to worldclass filmmakers Spike Lee and Steve McQueen, among others. This special night, held in honor of our late Black Perspectives Committee Chairman Randy Crumpton, will once again celebrate the profound and powerful spirit of a major African-American talent with an evening of film clips and insightful conversation.

The Festival’s Black Perspectives Tribute celebrates the leading lights and emerging stars of Black film. At this year’s 23rd edition of the program, the Festival honors the late Randy Crumpton, who was a tireless supporter of Black filmmakers from around the world, and chaired the Black Perspectives committee for 20 years, and presents a special Artistic Achievement Award to Clemency director Chinonye Chukwu.

Alfre Woodard delivers a searing performance as Bernadine Williams, a prison warden who dutifully carries out executions in a maximum-security prison. After a botched procedure, cracks begin to surface in her stoic demeanor, and her growing bond with a doomed inmate pushes Bernadine toward a powerful personal reckoning. In only her second feature and winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, director Chinonye Chukwu crafts an astute character study of a strong-willed woman trying to salvage what remains of her soul.

“A mature star-driven vehicle elevated by a brilliant performance that deserves all the awards it can get.”

Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Chinonye Chukwu and Producer Bronwyn Cornelius


International Competition Program Patron

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Event Information

Saturday, October 19, 2019

  •   112 minutes
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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