Nikyatu Jusu on Nanny: Haunted by the American Dream

“I think that I definitely love the use of genre as a vehicle for telling grounded, socially relevant stories. I think it's a really interesting way to guide an audience into focusing on characters they typically have not seen centred.”

Writer-director Nikyatu Jusu (Suicide by Sunlight, Flowers, African Booty Scratcher) casts a spell in her striking feature debut Nanny. Evoking West African imagery and folklore to explore the seductive danger of the American Dream, Jusu's latest is a character study of a Senegalese immigrant working as a nanny for a Manhattan couple while struggling to maintain her own identity and desires.

With a compelling performance from Anna Diop, the TIFF '22 title is now playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox