Chinonye Chukwu Becomes First Black Woman To Win Sundance Biggest Prize


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Chinonye Chukwu has become the first Black woman to win the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for her U.S. Dramatic entry, “Clemency.’’

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States. The festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.

Chukwu, is a Nigerian-born, US-raised screenwriter, producer and director, whose works had received several recognition, grants and awards.

Her film, follows the story of a prison warden, (played by Alfre Woodard), struggling with the emotional demands of her job.

According to IndieWire’s review of her film, Eric Kohn said, “Alfre Woodard embodies the extraordinary challenges of a woman tasked with sending men to their death, while bottling up her emotions so tight she looks as if she might blow.”

Congratulations to Chinonye!

We are totally amazed by the reviews we read about her work 

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