The American dream turns to an immigrant nightmare in Sierra Leonian-American director Nikyatu Jusu’s evocatively tense, horror-tinged domestic thriller, another first-feature standout from this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Aisha (an excellent Anna Diop) is a newcomer to New York City who spends her days minding the daughter of an obliviously condescending, wealthy white couple while yearning for the son she left behind in Senegal. Her night-terror visions are coloured by a hovering cloud of unease and violence as filtered through the folklore and mythology of her homeland, while the vast, unknowable ocean becomes a metaphor for the impassable distance that exists between her past and present lives. It's a portrait of physical and emotional displacement accented by the racism and classism of many an immigrant experience, but though Aisha may be beset by ghosts on all sides, it's you who will be haunted by Nanny.
THE SPOOKS: Book all 3 Spooky Women Screenings and get your 3rd ticket free!
Take a look at our Scary Women Roundtable Discussion on Saturday 5th November, 14.30pm @ The Black Box – Green Room
Sunday, 6 November 2022 - 7:00pm @ Strand Arts Centre