Short Films by Nikyatu Jusu
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.
Nikyatu Jusu Interview
This interview with director Nikyatu Jusu was recorded in 2022.
African Booty Scratcher
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 ...
Say Grace Before Drowning
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu • 2010 • United States
Starring Ebbe Bassey, Ellie Foumbi, Dennise Gregory
Eight-year-old Hawa is reunited with her African refugee mother after six years apart—and now finds herself living with a woman in the midst of a deep mental-health crisis.
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu and Yvonne Michelle Shirley • 2015 • United States
Starring Amee Apedo, Belle Le Grand, Grant Tambellini
Two teenage girls in Brooklyn plot revenge against a teacher, only to see their calculated plan fall dangerously apart in this tense, complex examination of racial an...
Suicide by Sunlight
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu • 2019 • United States
Starring Natalie Paul, Teren Carter, Motell Gyn Foster
Protected from the sun by her melanin, a day-walking Black vampire in New York City struggles to balance her job as a nurse, her relationship to her estranged children, and her bloodlust.