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SPOTLIGHT ON NIKYATU JUSU

MIND THE GAP | US CINEMA

US 2022, 97 min, Director: Nikyatu Jusu

Nikyatu Jusu’s evocative debut feature is an immersive encounter with the duality of the immigrant experience. Anna Diop plays Aisha, a recent Senegalese immigrant who spends her days caring for the child of a wealthy New York couple while making plans to bring her young son to the United States. As she navigates her increasingly strenuous work environment, the West African water deity Mami Wata and Anansi the Spider begin to haunt her. Jusu’s deft exploration of the spiritual and emotional implications for a woman struggling to find the balance between two worlds comes to life in Diop’s stunning performance and DP Rina Yang’s dynamic cinematography. The film beautifully incorporates West African spirituality and femininity into the contemporary horror genre, creating a unique portrait that unites the ancient with the new. —Osinachi Ibe

In English and Wolof

INVITED GUESTS: writer-director Nikyatu Jusu, actor Anna Diop

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Showtimes

In-Person


6:00 PM — Sequoia 1

7:00 PM — Roxie Theater

Director

Atlanta native Nikyatu Jusu has a BA in film from Duke University and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with a Spike Lee Fellowship Award. She began her career with short films that include AFRICAN BOOTY SCRATCHER (2007), recipient of a DGA Student Film Award - Honorable Mention; SAY GRACE BEFORE DROWNING (2010), winner of a DGA Student Film Award – Jury Prize; FLOWERS (2015), winner of the HBO Short Film Competition at the American Black Film Festival; and SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT (2019).

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

97

Languages:

English, Wolof

Director:

Nikyatu Jusu

Producers:

Nikkia Moulterie, Daniela Taplin Lundberg

Cinematographers:

Rina Yang

Editors:

Robert Mead

Writers:

Nikyatu Jusu

Cast:

Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector

Subtitles:

English