The MVFF Spotlight on Nikyatu Jusu
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm in theater
Celebrating 45 years of film in Marin County from October 6th through October 16th! The internationally renowned Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high-profile, prestigious, non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF (the oldest fall film festival in California) remains committed to celebrating film and filmmakers and offering the highest resources and production elements possible, whatever challenges the world throws our way.
SPOTLIGHT ON NIKYATU JUSU
MIND THE GAP | US CINEMA
US 2022, 97 min, Director: Nikyatu Jusu
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
In English and Wolof
INVITED GUESTS: writer-director Nikyatu Jusu, actor Anna Diop
Following the program, please join us for a reception at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.
Additional Location or Other Information
Cine Arts Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley / Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael / The Lark Theater in Larkspur / BAMPFA in Berkeley / The Roxie in San Francisco