CHINONYE CHUKWU is a Nigerian-born American filmmaker, educator, and social justice advocate. In 2019, Chukwu wrote and directed the feature film CLEMENCY, which won the US Dramatic Grand Jury prize at Sundance and garnered rave reviews. CLEMENCY was recognized with nominations from Film Independent for Spirit Awards in the categories of Best Feature, Best Screenplay(Chukwu) and Best Female Lead (Alfre Woodard), the Gotham Awards, and was recognized throughout a slew of international film festivals. She made her television directorial debut in Season 2 of SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, where she directed the season’s second episode. Chukwu’s earlier work as a director includes the short film A LONG WALK starring Coleman Domingo and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.
MIND THE GAP | US CINEMA
US 2022, 130 min, Director: Chinonye Chukwu
Visually striking and moving, Till centers the story of Emmett Till through the experience of his mother, Mamie Till Mobley. It’s a powerful choice, revealing the journey of a mother for whom grief becomes action—and whose action changes history. Danielle Deadwyler as Till Mobley is brilliant, and leads a terrific cast, including Jalyn Hall, who exudes a confident charisma as Emmett, Whoopi Goldberg, and Frankie Faison. It feels as though director-screenwriter Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency, MVFF42) empowered her cast to go deep in an incredibly truthful way, creating a breathtaking drama that confirms all the promise of her earlier work with sure-handed artistry and insight. The emotional integrity of the cast is a great counterpoint to the wonderfully cinematic experience that she creates, with a confidence and style that recalls classic American film. This is a story both timeless and timely, as full of love as it is of grief. —Zoë Elton
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