Sundance film festival


Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director, and her works have received recognition and awards.

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, she won the most notable award at the 2019 Sundance film festival, thereby making her become the first black woman to receive the hugest prize.

Her film, ‘Clemency’ won the festival’s biggest prize– the Grand Jury Prizze for U.S. dramatic entry. This makes Chinonye Chukwu the first black woman to win the grand jury prize.

In 2012, Ava DuVernay was the first black woman to win a directing award, and now, Chukwu is a notable first black woman for the biggest prize.

Alfre Woodard stars in this gripping death row drama that definitely deserved the award. Deadline says Chukwu will work  with Blacklist scriptwriter Alyssa Hill who will adapt the screenplay from the memoir A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story.


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