Triggering New Trailers + Director Nikyatu Jusu and Star Anna Diop On Domestics and Whiteness
By Donnell M. Sims
(BXC Wire) – In the 2021 article Raped, molested, kicked, abused: domestic helper’s horrible stories behind closed doors in The Standard, domestic workers recounted real-life horrors experienced on the job. Written and directed by Nikyatu Jusu, whose acclaimed short Suicide by Sunlight shines a light on this workforce, turns life on New York’s Upper Eastside into art with her debut feature film, Nanny.
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There is a league of domestic workers pushing strollers, feeding picky babies, and shuttling toddlers from music class to yoga all across New York City. These women, disproportionately of color, are indispensable to city families, but are too often “invisibilized.” Against this backdrop, Jusu sets her new film and draws on personal experiences to help her art accurately imitate life.
“My [mother] is the springboard of everything, she’s the springboard of this idea,” said Jusu. “She did a lot of domestic work growing up, but she is a brilliant woman who had goals and dreams of her own that she had to sacrifice for the ‘American Dream,’” the director continued.
Raising star Anna Diop (“Titans”) plays Aisha, an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in West Africa, a violent presence invades her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.