SCREENING + SPOTLIGHT & PRESENTATION OF THE MVFF AWARD FOR FEATURE DEBUT
SATURDAY, OCT. 15 • 6:00 | CINÉARTS SEQUOIA
NIKYATU JUSU is an independent writer, director, and Assistant Professor in Film & Video at George Mason University. Her films have played at festivals nationally and internationally. Jusu is the second black woman director and Nanny is the first horror film to win the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (US Dramatic).
The MVFF Spotlight program honors and celebrates exceptional work by film artists in their most current work.
Following the program, please join us for a reception at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.
PROGRAM + RECEPTION: $65 Member | $70 General
PROGRAM ONLY: $35 Member | $40 General
Joining Nikyatu Jusu on stage for a post-screening conversation will be Nanny lead ANNA DIOP. Senegalese-American actress Diop is known for her portrayal as Kory Anders on the DC Universe/HBO Max series Titans as well a being a series regular on The CW supernatural mystery The Messengers and the Fox thriller 24:Legacy.
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