Clemency is a American drama film written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu. It stars Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks, Michael O’Neill, Richard Gunn, Wendell Pierce and Aldis Hodge. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019. It is scheduled to be released on December 27, 2019, by Neon.
Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden, Bernadine Williams. The emotional wedge in her marriage grows. Memories of a recently botched execution plague her daily. 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 is a powerful story from the Warden perspective of the death row execution. In the film, you can see the toll it takes psychologically on everyone apart of the death row sentence. You’ll see PTSD and the mental health strain on each characters. It’s beyond your average prison movie.
We had the opportunity to interview Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge about their new film.