b. Rivers, Nigeria
Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-American writer, producer, and director. In 2019, she became the first Black woman to receive the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for her film Clemency, in which Alfre Woodard stars as a prison warden who begins to question the morality of capital punishment after witnessing back-to-back executions.
Winner, Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize (U.S. Dramatic)
Note: Chukwu’s Grand Jury Prize win at Sundance makes her the first Black woman ever to win the Grand Jury Prize for a dramatic entry in the festival’s 34-year history.