FYI, she is Nigerian.
Nigerian-born screenwriter and director, Chinonye Chuwkwu, on Sunday, February 3rd won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic for her second feature film, Clemency at the Sundance Film Festival 2019.
The prize was presented by the La La Land director, Damien Chazelle himself. How big of an honor is that?
Chinonye amongst other film-makers won the Grand Jury prize for her movie, Clemency that in 2017, won a place on the 2017 Athena List, a designation that recognizes excellent scripts featuring female protagonists, according to the Sundance Institute. She has also received the prestigious Princess Grace Award Film Graduate Scholarship and Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, Alaskaland, has screened globally and been released on several digital and video-on-demand platforms.
About the Movie, Clemency
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.
The award-winning movie, Clemency was written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu and produced by Bronwyn Cornelius, Julian Cautherley, Peter Wong, Timur Bekbosunov. The cast are Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Wendell Pierce, Richard Gunn and Danielle Brooks.