Birds Eye View presents Nanny, the haunting and award-winning debut feature from writer/director Nikyatu Jusu, starring Anna Diop (US), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Sinqua Walls (American Soul), Morgan Spector (The Gilded Age), Rose Decker (Mare of Easttown) and Leslie Uggams (Deadpool).
The first horror film to win the Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and only the second time this honor has been bestowed upon a Black female director, Nanny is a genre-bending film that blends psychological horror with culturally relevant issues of social identity, including race, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Nanny follows the life of an undocumented Senegalese domestic worker, working long hours as a nanny in Manhattan in order to fund her child's journey to join her, is thrown into disarray when prophetic dreams and visions disrupt her days and nights while the privileged couple she works for become increasingly more hostile and volatile.
Jusu’s atmospheric debut psychological horror/drama about displacement, and the fallacy of the American dream, mixes microaggressions with otherworldly forces from West African Folklore. What is exceptional about Nanny is that the titular character actually has agency - something rarely seen in stories about domestic workers - especially those that are undocumented. Jusu's own mother was a domestic worker and an immigrant from Sierra Leone, so Jusu knows from learned experience what it’s like to be the child of a mother "who put her dreams aside to be a peripheral mother in other mothers' narratives".
Some of the many themes explored in Nanny are motherhood, grief, isolation, exploitation, alienation - in short, the 21st Century immigrant experience.
This screening will be accompanied by a curated panel conversation with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Sharon Prince, and broadcaster and DJ Desiree Reynolds, hosted by Reclaim The Frame Impact Producer for Sheffield & Leeds, Toni Lee.
Reclaim the Frame brings a broader perspective of the world by championing cinema by women & non-binary filmmakers. Run by Birds’ Eye View, a charity with a mission to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in film by fostering a community for those who make, show, release and watch them. To learn more, become an Advocate and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission to receive free cinema tickets and discount codes go here. Supported by BFI’s Audience Fund.
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