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Writer-director Chinonye Chukwu’s delivers a gut-wrenching, devastating drama on the death penalty that deservedly won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, making Chuwaka the first black woman to win the award. Warden Bernadine played by Alfre Woodard, is preparing for her 12th execution, she is methodical, calm and capable of keeping her emotions firmly in control even when the opening execution does not go to plan and we witness the prisoner suffer unnecessarily for a longer than he should have, she still remains in charge and gets the job done and we believe that she hasn’t been as effected as some male members of her execution team. This is as far removed from the truth as can be imagined, the death around her is destroying  her peace of mind, her marriage as she spends more time at the local bar with her work colleagues than at home with her husband…