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Chinonye Chukwu's 'Clemency' Will Be Released in Theaters This December

The theatrical release of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner comes just in time for awards season.

Chinonye Chukwu's Clemency is due to be released in theaters on Dec. 27—which qualifies her for awards season consideration, Deadline reports.


The Nigerian-American director is the first black woman to win a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for the film that's also been receiving rave reviews since the acknowledgement. Clemency was acquired at the festival by NEON—the U.S.-based film production and distribution company behind the likes of I, Tonya and Border.

"I'm so thankful and can't wait to share this film with many more audiences," Chukwu shares on Twitter.

Death Row Drama 'Clemency' Cast Share What Drew Them to The Project | Sundance youtu.be

Revisit the synopsis of the film starring Alfre Woodard, who plays a prison warden grappling with how emotionally demanding her job is:

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. 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.

Clemency's producers include ACE Pictures Entertainment, Bronwyn Cornelius Productions and Julian Cautherley. Chukwu is in the process of directing A Taste of Power—a drama based on former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown's life. Read more about the project here.

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Vinegar Pap Smear Saving Women’s Lives In Malawi

This simple diagnostic test is giving hope to thousands of women in Malawi.

They say necessity is the mother of invention and in Malawi, the need for inexpensive Pap smears has resulted in a cost-effective and ingenious solution. Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) is the only form of cervical cancer screening affordable to most underprivileged women in Malawi, according to reports.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) "19 of the top 20 countries with the highest cervical cancer burden were in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018." Eswatini had the highest incidences followed by Malawi.

The VIA is a simple diagnostic test that can be used to screen cervical cancer, as an alternative to Pap smear cytology, in low-resource countries," according to the Role of VIA in cervical cancer screening in low-resource countries - PubMed (nih.gov) study.

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