Directed by Chinonye Chukwu

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.

The winner of the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, the film features the performance of the year from Woodard.


Please note that Clemency deals with difficult subject matter that some viewers may find distressing. If you have been affected by it we recommend you talking to one of the following organisations:

  • Samaritans: call 116 123 (available 24 hours a day)
  • The Black, African & Asian Therapy Network Group: call 020 3600 0712 or email

112 minutes


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