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. Although Bernadine is the central character, carrying the weight of a burdened conscience, it is the humanity and compassion invested across all the supporting characters, especially Aldis Hodge as death row inmate Anthony Woods and his attorney played by Richard Schiff, that makes this contemplative examination of the terrible weight of taking a life so commanding.
Kudos especially go to writer-director Chukwu, whose own work as the founder of a filmmaking collective dedicated to teaching and empowering incarcerated women and as a volunteer on a number of clemency appeal cases, clearly states her position on this side of the argument, but without didactic histrionics.
Variety’s glowing review praised Woodard’s bravura performance: “If Woodard is hoping for her overdue second Oscar nomination after 1983’s CROSS CREEK, she’s got a decent shot with this excruciating character arc” and hailed the film as “a measured advocacy drama with the capacity to change minds.”
CLEMENCY world premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Film.
|Saturday 9||17:30 - 19:28||Regal Dole Cannery 1|
|Monday 11||20:30 - 22:28||Regal Dole Cannery 15|
|Cast||Alfre Woodard, Wendell Pierce, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff and Danielle Brooks.|
Timur Bekbosunov ... producer