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Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Professor Nikyatu Jusu's films have played at festivals nationally and internationally garnering her a myriad of laurels and awards including a Directors Guild of America Honorable Mention. Three of her short films were acquired by and aired on HBO, her most recent being Flowers. Presently, Professor Jusu is in post-production on her narrative film Suicide By Sunlight, a project funded by the production grant THROUGH HER LENS and sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel.
Professor Jusu earned her MFA in Film Production from New York University’s Tisch Graduate Film school where she was the Spike Lee Fellowship Award recipient and the Princess Grace Narrative Film Grant, and a B.A. from Duke University in Literature and Film.
Nikyatu Jusu’s filmography straddles the lines of social resonance coupled with “butts in seats” story-telling. Race, nationality, sexuality and mental health are central themes within her oeuvre with an emphasis on nuance in her cinematic portrayals centering women. Professor Jusu draws from a myriad of sources as fodder for her work from West African mythology to contemporary social issues affecting marginalized communities.
MFA, Film Production, NYU's Tisch Graduate Film School
B.A., Literature and Film, Duke University
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor