Nikyatu Jusu‘s debuted her psychological horror Nanny at Sundance and we were in from the the jump.
Prime Video dropped a new trailer for the feature which will also screen at next week at TIFF and debut in theaters on November 23 before hitting Prime Video on December 16. Nanny, which follows 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 is fascinating and, as the genre suggests, will horrify your psych. Also, we wrote about the cultural nuance of the film and how it has been misunderstood by white male critics when it debuted at Sundance. Also, the film is a very reasonable 98 minutes — and you know how I love a movie under two hours.
Written and directed by Jusu, the film also stars Sinqua Walls, Rose Decker, and Leslie Uggams. It is produced by Nikkia Moulterie and Daniela Taplin Lundberg. Jusu also serves as executive producer alongside
Maria Zuckerman, Ryan Heller, Michael Bloom, Jason Blum, Rebecca Cammarata, Bill Benenson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Laurie Benenson, Grace Lay, Sumalee Montano, Chris McCumber, and Jeremy Gold.