Nanny arrives in the streaming catalog in December.
In 2017, a horror movie significantly changed the way the cinematic genre was viewed. Despite the short time span, Jordan Peele’s Get Out has the best screenplay of the century, according to the BBC.
While the filmmaker continues his journey of surprising and subverting audience expectations, other directors continue to innovate when it comes to horror cinema – especially when there is social commentary surrounding the narrative.
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Part of this welcome bundle of feature films, filmmaker and screenwriter Nikyatu Jusu will make her feature film directing debut with Nanny. Screened at select festivals, this is the first horror film to win the Sundance Film Festival Drama Jury Grand Prix and only the second time this honor has been awarded to a black female director.
What is Nanny’s story?
Nanny follows Aisha (Anna Diop), a woman who recently immigrated to the United States from Senegal, hired to care for the daughter of a wealthy couple (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector) who live in New York.
Haunted by the absence of the son she left behind, Aisha hopes her new job will give her the chance to bring him to the US, but grows increasingly uneasy about the volatile life of the family she works for. As her arrival approaches, a violent presence begins to invade her dreams and her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly assembling.
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While the main plot is distinct from Get Out, the narrative style and psychological horror that engages culturally relevant issues of social identity, including race, gender, and socioeconomic status, create a connection to Peele’s first feature. In a few months, the public will discover how true these connections are, as Nanny premieres on Prime Video on December 16in more than 240 countries and territories.