A Nigerian-American filmmaker, Chinonye Chukwu, has made Nigeria proud with her submission at Sundance Film Festival.
Chukwu has become the first Black woman to win Grand Jury Prize for her dramatic entry, “Clemency.’’
This win makes the Nigerian-born producer to join the likes of Desiree Akhavan, Ryan Coogler, Damien Chazelle, Rebecca Miller, IndieWire reports.
Her film, “Clemency,” is a tale of Alfre Woodard, a prison warden who is struggling with the emotional demands of her job.
At the moment, the producer whose works have been recognised across the country has also been tipped to direct “A Taste of Power”, an adaptation of former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown’s memoir, the first and only female leader to lead the Black Panther Party.
Others who won the Grand Jury prize include Nanfu Wang’s “One Child Nation” (U.S. Documentary), Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” (World Dramatic), and Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s “Honeyland” (World Documentary).