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I was recently notified of a short film by director (and gorgeous natural) Nikyata Jusu. The content matter of the film, Say Grace Before Drowning, immediately piqued my interest;
West African countries plagued by civil unrest often wage war on women in the form of rape. GRACE is one such victim, birthing a daughter, HAWA, as a consequence of this rape. Having been separated from her child for 8 years, Grace finally joins young Hawa in the U.S., ushering in a new life with her estranged daughter's surrogate family. Seen through the eyes of 8 year old Hawa, Grace's already unraveling mental state surfaces in violent and self destructive behavior as she struggles to adapt to American life.
The film will be premiering on HBO on February 8. The filmmaker, Nikyata (pictured below), is an MFA candidate at NYU's graduate film program.
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