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‘Nanny’ Blends Psychological Horror with Culturally Relevant Issues of Social Identity

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‘Nanny’ is the haunting and award-winning debut feature from writer/director Nikyatu Jusu.

It’s the first horror film to win the Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Grand Gury Prize and only the second time this honor has been bestowed upon a Black female director. At its core, ‘Nanny’ is a genre-bending film that blends psychological horror with culturally relevant issues of social identity, including race, gender, and socioeconomic status.

The film stars Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector, Rose Decker  and Leslie Uggams.

Set in New York City, this fable of a Senegalese immigrant’s experience working for an affluent family is grounded in the real life experiences of domestic workers. The story is personal to Nikyatu Jusu’s upbringing, whose mother sustained her household with this occupation. Jusu incorporated spiritual genre elements that spoke to her lineage.

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SYNOPSIS:
In this psychological horror fable of displacement, Aisha (Anna Diop), a woman who recently emigrated from Senegal, is hired to care for the daughter of an affluent couple (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector) living in New York City. Haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind, Aisha hopes her new job will afford her the chance to bring him to the U.S., but becomes increasingly unsettled by the family’s volatile home life. As his arrival approaches, a violent presence begins to invade both her dreams and her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.

‘Nanny’ will be in theaters November 23 and on Prime Video December 16.

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