37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


Clemency FINAL

Preceded by the short film Slave Cry

Prison warden Bernadine Williams has objectively carried out several executions of death row inmates in a maximum-security prison. The psychological consequences of the job begin to weigh on her after a particular execution goes awry, resulting in serious implications for the prison. Meanwhile, the clock is winding down for death row inmate Anthony, whose conviction is in serious question. As Warden Williams strikes up a unique, emotional bond with Anthony, she is forced to confront the complex and difficult ethical circumstances of her position. This deeply observant feature offers an intense character study that illuminates the internal conflicts of those whose livelihoods are tied to taking human life. Introduction by Deirdre Enright (UVA)

Presented by The Daily Progress

This film is part of the Race in America series presented by James Madison’s Montpelier and supported by Bama Works Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the UVA Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and the UVA Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Saturday, October 26


3:00 PM


Newcomb Hall Theatre

Film Info

Director: Chinonye Chukwu

Runtime: 113 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Price, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks