Clemency (2019)

  • Drama, F-rated
  • 1h 52m

Alfre Woodard excels as Bernadine Williams, a warden in a maximum security prison who has grown numb to the horror of the executions she must preside over, in Chinonye Chukwu’s sober, and timely exploration of capital punishment. Williams, such is her sense of duty and devotion to her profession, has emotionally detached herself from what she euphemistically refers to as the ‘procedures’, yet the toll her work has taken is evident in her crumbling marriage to Jonathan (Wendell Pierce), her chronic insomnia and incipient alcoholism. Shaken from the experience of witnessing a botched lethal injection, with which the film begins, Williams approaches the execution of the next death row inmate, a young African-American convicted of shooting a police officer, with a growing sense of guilt and helplessness as she comes to realises she has no power to change the inhumane system of which she is a part.


This film is F-rated

Director

Chinonye Chukwu

Cinematography

Eric Branco

Language(s)

English

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