Sneak Preview/60th New York Film Festival

Directed by Chinonye Chukwu

Monday, October 3, 12 PM


Chinonye Chukwu’s searing modern-day death-row drama Clemency was one of the most accomplished breakthroughs in recent American cinema. The director has now traveled back to the 1950s to tell the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, the Chicago woman whose son, Emmett Till, was lynched while visiting cousins in Mississippi and whose body became an indelible image of the horrors of American racism. 

Employing a direct, unflinching, yet sensitive gaze, Chukwu has created the definitive drama of this woman’s grief and resilience, and in an astonishing performance, Danielle Deadwyler captures both a mother’s indescribable heartbreak and her inspiring ascension to the role of a civil rights activist. 

Till is a momentous reminder of an ever-present tragedy, featuring painstaking production design, subtly expressive camera framing and composition, and a note-perfect supporting cast, including Sean Patrick Thomas, Jalyn Hall, Tosin Cole, John Douglas Thompson, Frankie Faison, and Whoopi Goldberg. A Orion/United Artists release due to open in theaters October 14. 2022, U.S., DCP, 130 minutes. Rated PG-13

Co-presented with the 60th New York Film Festival. Thanks to Eugene Hernandez and Sarah Eaton of Film at Lincoln Center for their programming assistance. 

Cinema +  Followed by a virtual discussion live from the 60th New York Film Festival featuring Chinonye Chukwu, Danielle Deadwyler, Whoopi Goldberg, Jalyn Hall, John Douglas Thompson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jayme Lawson, Keith Beauchamp, and Deborah Watts.