October 16 only
Part of the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival at The Roxie.
Nikyatu Jusu’s evocative debut feature is an immersive encounter with the duality of the immigrant experience. Anna Diop plays Aisha, a recent Senegalese immigrant who spends her days caring for the child of a wealthy New York couple while making plans to bring her young son to the United States. As she navigates her increasingly strenuous work environment, the West African water deity Mami Wata and Anansi the Spider begin to haunt her. Jusu’s deft exploration of the spiritual and emotional implications for a woman struggling to find the balance between two worlds comes to life in Diop’s stunning performance and DP Rina Yang’s dynamic cinematography. The film beautifully incorporates West African spirituality and femininity into the contemporary horror genre, creating a unique portrait that unites the ancient with the new. —Osinachi Ibe
US 2022, 97 min. In English and Wolof. Director: Nikyatu Jusu.
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