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. Her latest short film Suicide By Sunlight: a project funded by the production grant "Through Her Lens" sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel, made its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. This project was also awarded a Rooftop Films/ Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant.
Professor Jusu earned her M.F.A. 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.