The Sundance film festival is easily the largest independent film festival in the United States. It is a major showcase for new work from filmmakers — both new and established — from all around the world, and this year, three films from directors of Nigerian descent are set to premiere.
This year's lineup is also the festival's most diverse — with an unprecedented number of films by women, people of colour and the LGBTQIA+ across different categories — and the movies by Julius Onah, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chinonye Chukwu have us particularly excited
Julius Onah's Luce
Luce follows a married couple forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student. It stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Tim Roth.
Chiwetel Ejiofor's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, tells the story of a thirteen year old boy in Malawi who invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Lily Banda, Noma Dumezweni, and Aissa Maiga.
Chinonye Chukwu's Clemency
Clemency follows a prison warden who confronts her own psychological demons, as she develops an emotional connection to the death row inmate she is scheduled to execute. The movie stars Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Wendell Pierce, Richard Gunn and Danielle Brooks.