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Screen/Society--AMI Showcase--Alumni Filmmaker Homecoming Series: An Evening with Nikyatu Jusu '05

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
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7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Q&A to follow with filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu '05
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AMI Showcase--Almuni Filmmaker Homecoming series

Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A: Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker and Duke alumna Nikyatu Jusu's short films have played at festivals nationally and internationally, garnering her NYU's prestigious Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Foundation Narrative film grant and Director's Guild of America Honorable Mentions to name a few. //Works to be screened include: AFRICAN BOOTY SCRATCHER (2009, 13 mins, Color, Digital)Prom nears and things seem to be spiraling out of control for the typically composed Isatu. In this coming of age story, West African tradition conflicts with American idealism and Isatu is forced to reassess her alliances.//SAY GRACE BEFORE DROWNING (2011, 17 mins, Color, Digital) After meeting her African Refugee mother for the first time in six years, 8 year old Hawa is forced to coexist with a woman teetering on the brink of insanity.//BLACK SWAN THEORY (2012, 11 mins, Color, Digital) A psychiatric casualty of war recently returned to the US, Sonya's imagined sense of normalcy crumbles around her. Struggling for money, she agrees to execute a "murder for hire" assignment with dire consequences.//SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT: web-series teaser (2013, 2 mins, Color, Digital)Daywalking Black Vampyres protected by added melanin roam modern day NYC. Rayn, a half vamp+half human hybrid rejects her vampyre lineage while hunting for the right human sperm donor.

Contact: Hank Okazaki