Chinonye Chukwu becomes First Black Woman to Win Sundance's Biggest Prize -Nigerian

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Chinonye Chukwu becomes First Black Woman to win Sundance's Biggest Prize | BellaNaija

PARK CITY, UTAH – FEBRUARY 02: Director Chinonye Chukwu speaks onstage at the Sundance Film Festival Awards on February 02, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)

It was a big year for women at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. All four of the Grand Jury Prizes given to competition films were either directed or co-directed by women.

Filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu, though, broke new grounds. Her movie "ClemencyThe Moving Death Row Drama won the Grand Prix for the US Dramatic Entry.

Indie Wire shares that she wrote and directed "Clemency," and has been directing short films since 2009.

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