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Still from 'Clemency' trailer on YouTube.

Watch the Trailer for the Chinonye Chukwu-Directed Drama ‘Clemency,’ Starring Alfre Woodard

The Nigerian filmmaker's Sundance-winning film, about an emotionally conflicted prison warden, is gaining serious Oscar buzz.

The first trailer for the critically-acclaimed psychological drama Clemency, starring Alfre Woodard has arrived.

The film, directed and written by Nigerian filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu, won the Sundance Grand Jury prize back in January, making Chukwu the first Black woman director to earn the top prize at the festival. The film also recently showed at the Toronto Film Festival.


Here's the film's synopsis:

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.

Veteran actor Woodard, is receiving serious Oscar buzz for her performance as Bernadine, along with Aldis Hodge, who plays the death row inmate.

The film also stars Wendell Pierce, Danielle Brooks, Richard Schiff and LaMonica Garrett. Chukwu Is currently directing the film A Taste of Power, a drama based on former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown's life.

Clemency will be released in theaters on December 27. Watch the trailer below.

Clemency [Official Trailer] – In Theaters December 27, 2019 www.youtube.com

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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