With her brilliant feature debut, NANNY—winner of the 2022 Sundance Grand Jury Prize—garnering acclaim, now is the perfect time to discover the smartly stylish short films of writer-director Nikyatu Jusu. By turns irreverent, provocative, powerful, and unsettling, these films—all centered on complex Black women, ranging from teenagers out for revenge (FLOWERS) to day-walking New York City vampires out for blood (SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT)—display a masterful handling of tone, tension, and atmosphere.
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu • 2007 • United States
Starring Ebbe Bassey, Kadane Clark, Erik Gullberg
Prom nears and things seem to be spiraling out of control for the usually composed Isatu. In this coming-of-age story, West African tradition conflicts with American idealism and Isatu is forced to ...