Flagstaff Premiere: Clemency


Film Info
Event Type:Flagstaff Premiere!
Release Year:2019
Run Time:112 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Chinonye Chukwu
Cast:Alfre Woodard
Aldis Hodge
Richard Schiff
Wendell Pierce
Richard Gunn
Danielle Brooks


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the critically-acclaimed and powerful new film “Clemency” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres.

“Clemency” features an award-winning ensemble cast including Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Wendell Pierce, Richard Gunn and Danielle Brooks.

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). 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.

“I spent four years researching for ‘Clemency’. I spoke with six different wardens, interviewed corrections officers, death row lawyers, Lieutenants and a Director of Corrections about their experiences working in prisons and in death row facilities. I spoke with men currently on death row and one man who was exonerated from death row, after being incarcerated for 28 years for a crime he did not commit,” said director Chinonye Chukwu.

“The film observes a world that few audiences have gotten a realistic look into. Most American prison films include melodramatic depictions of prison life, but ‘Clemency’ is rooted in an unfiltered realism that will, hopefully, force audiences to connect to the humanities that exist between prison walls.”

“Alfre Woodard is brilliant. Her performance will leave audiences awestruck.” — IndieWire

“Like the movie she inhabits with every fiber of her being, Woodard is some kind of miracle.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“In ‘Clemency’, Alfre Woodard gives a masterful performance (one in a career of many), leading a strong cast that includes Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff and Danielle Brooks.” — Sara Stewart, New York Post

“Ms. Woodard is superb, as always, in a role that sets up a formidable barrier between character and audience.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

A representative from the NAU Philosophy Department and Philosophy in the Public Interest will lead a discussion following the film screening.