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  •   Chinonye Chukwu
  •   United States
  •   Black Perspectives, International Competition, Women in Cinema


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.”

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Chinonye Chukwu and Producer Bronwyn Cornelius


International Competition Program Patron

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Event Information

Friday, October 18, 2019

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


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