Nanny is a 2022 American horror film about a young woman from West Africa whose life is threatened by supernatural forces beyond her control.
Written and directed by Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu, making her feature directorial debut, the Stay Gold Features and Topic Studios production is produced by Nikkia Moulterie (Random Acts of Flyness) and Daniela Taplin Lundberg (Harriet; Honey Boy).
Aisha is an undocumented nanny caring for a privileged child on the Upper East Side of New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in West Africa, a violent supernatural presence invades her reality, threatening the American Dream she’s painstakingly pieced together…
Writer-director Nikyatu Jusu commented: “Nanny is my attempt to make sense of the displacement, the nostalgia immigrant women carry as they forge inexorably new lives in America. Our mothers sacrificed so much in order for us to essentially create ourselves, and though the real-life horror of that sacrifice manifests in the form of living breathing monsters in Nanny, my goal is for audiences to leave our film with a sense of hopefulness.
Women like my protagonist Aisha, my mother and perhaps your mothers, refused to succumb to a society never intended for their success but rather empowered themselves with a narrative of survival that equipped them to thrive, to fly, to survive.”
Shooting begins in June 2021 in New York City.