63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A “labor of love” made over a period of nine years and blending horror tropes with devastating domesticity, unveils the dynamic between a Senegalese single mother who emigrates to the United States to earn enough money to bring her own son to America, and her wealthy employer. Haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind, she hopes her new job will afford her the chance to bring him to the US, 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. “An existential (but sexy) fever dream that turns into a nightmare, which made history as the first horror film to take the US Grand Jury Prize for drama at Sundance, with Jusu being the second Black woman filmmaker to win the award.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Nikyatu Jusu
Script: Nikyatu Jusu
Cinematography: Rina Yang
Editing: Robert Mead
Sound: Dave Flynch, Matt Perry Thomas, Paul Hsu, Skip Lievsay, Stuart Deutsch
Actors: Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector, Rose Decker, Leslie Uggams
Production: Blumhouse Television, LinLay Productions, Stay Gold Features, Topic Studios
Producers: Nikkia Moulterie, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Costumes: Charlese Antoinette
Production Design: Jonathan Guggenheim
Executive producer: : Maria Zuckerman, Ryan Heller, Michael Bloom, Jason Blum, Rebecca Cammarata, Bill Benenson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Laurie Benenson, Grace Lay, Sumalee Montano, Nikyatu Jusu, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold
Make Up: Risha Rox
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 98΄
Contact: Amazon Studios
Awards/Distinctions: Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival 2022, Directors to Watch Award – Palm Springs IFF 2022

Nikyatu Jusu

Nikyatu Jusu is an independent writer, director, and Assistant Professor in Film & Video. Jusu’s short vampire film Suicide by Sunlight made its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, garnering a prolific festival run. Nanny is Jusu’s screenwriting and directing feature film debut and was selected for: the 2019 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab, the 2019 IFP Project Forum, and the 2020 Sundance Screenwriter's, and Director’s Labs. Additionally, Nanny was one of 35 projects selected for the 2020 Creative Capital Awards, and shortlisted for The Black List 2020. Jusu is the second Black woman director and Nanny is the first horror film to win the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (US Dramatic) 2022.


2007 African Booty Scratcher (short)
2010 Say Grace Before Drowning (short)
2011 Black Swan Theory (short)
2019 Suicide by Sunlight (short)
2022 Nanny