Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Nikyatu Jusu on ‘Nanny’ Win and ‘The Appetite for Non-White Male Points of View in Horror’

Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Nikyatu Jusu on ‘Nanny’ Win and ‘The Appetite for Non-White Male Points of View in Horror’
Nikyatu Jusu was just happy to have a movie at Sundance. Now, she’s its biggest winner: “Nanny,” Jusu’s first feature, won the Grand Jury Prize at the virtual 2022 edition and instantly brought a spotlight to the director’s singular vision. She is only the second Black woman director to win the prize, and the first horror director to do so. The outcome automatically makes her a talent to watch, and she has a lot to say about it.

Jusu has been traveling festivals with short films for almost 15 years, teaching film at George Mason University, and trying to get a feature off the ground for most of that time. Ultimately, that was “Nanny,” the riveting tale of a Senegalese immigrant (Alice Diop) tasked with caring for a white family in New York while coping with strange supernatural forces that hark back to her homeland. The slow-burn story is
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