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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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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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