How Nanny tapped Western African folktales, South Korean cinema, and the director’s mother to create a fresh horror thriller
Staff, 2022-11-21 11:00:00,
Anna Diop (left) and Nikyatu Jusu at a screening of Nanny
At last January’s Sundance Film Festival, Nikyatu Jusu was revealed as an exciting new voice in American cinema. Her Grand Jury Prize-winning film Nanny, a bold and confident first feature, tells the story of Aisha (Anna Diop), an undocumented immigrant in New York City who works as a nanny for privileged couple Amy and Adam (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector). She pines for the son she left behind in Senegal, and that hurt manifests itself as something sinister that she can’t identify—until she feels it invading her reality.
To draw a psychological portrait grounded in memories of her real-life immigrant mother, Jusu turned to horror and genre filmmaking elements. As she reveals to The A.V. Club, she also drew on Western African folktales and mystical creatures to craft this unique narrative’s stunning visuals. As she prepares for Nanny’s theatrical release November 23 and Amazon Prime Video streaming release December 16, Jusu opens up about her cinematic inspirations, the type of films she wants to make, and why it’s important to end a story—even a horrific one!—on an ultimately hopeful note.
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