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Suicide by Sunlight (Nikyatu Jusu)

A fresh and exciting take on the extremely well-trod vampire mythos, Nikyatu Jusu’s acclaimed short film Suicide by Sunlight [blends] a host of diverse inspirations from the genre into something uniquely vibrant for the current moment.

-- Jason Sondhi, Short of the Week

Suicide by Sunlight follows Valentina, who struggles to assimilate into society due to her acquired abilities as a day-walking Black vampire. By day, she is a hardworking pediatric nurse. By night, she transforms into a desperate vampire preying on the innocent. As she adjusts to the new challenges of vampirism, Valentina must cope with her complicated relationship with her estranged daughters and husband. This alluring drama about motherhood conveys the challenges of conflicting identities as Valentina attempts to satisfy her bloodlust while striving to be the parent her children deserve.  


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