LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Nikyatu Jusu onstage during the "Nanny" European Premiere during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 07, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images for BFI)
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Authenticity Was Key When It Came To The Horror Of Nanny
Actress Anna Diop, who stars as Senegalese immigrant nanny Aisha in the horror film “Nanny,” explained that the film derived from director Nikyatu Jusu's real-life experiences. Diop commented to MovieWeb, “[Jusu's] inspired by the truth of her experience in her life. And because of that, things come across as authentic."
While attending New York University, Jusu noticed a pattern of predominantly immigrant nannies in New York City. "All these Black and brown women pushing strollers along the streets," Jusu recalled, adding, "It was like the United Nations of nannies. That was the catalyst for me to begin to map out my story [for ‘Nanny’]."
Jusu was born in Georgia to Siera Leonean immigrants, and to support the family, her mother had worked in domestic care, which is, in Jusu’s words, “one of the most accessible forms of work for African women in America." "Nanny" will be in theaters on November 23, 2022, and on Prime Video on December 16, 2022.