I was excited to come across [Via Shadow and Act] “Say Grace Before Drowning” a film by Sierra Leonean/American Nikyatu Jusu. The film tells the story about a woman’s struggle to overcome the insanity of war as she tries to adjust to a life in exile. Whatever positive expectations Grace had about her new life, including uniting with her 8 year old daughter, Hawa, are shattered with the realisation that a new life brings new challenges not least that memories of violence are not easily discarded.
“Sierra Leonean/American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu recently received her MFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and has written and directed a series of award winning short films, including African Booty Scratcher and her thesis film Say Grace Before Drowning. Both films have premiered on HBO. She is a Princess Grace Foundation recipient, Spike Lee Scholarship awardee and a two-time DGA Honorable Mention. Presently she is in development on two feature screenplays. Nikyatu will co-direct her first feature film, F*CK MY LIFE, in Atlanta Fall 2012.”