10. His House
Release Date: October 30th via Netflix
Who’s In It? Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba, Matt Smith, Javier Botet
You Gotta See This! In a stunning feature directorial debut, Remi Weekes’s His House is the story of Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) Majur, Sudanese refugees who have survived the deadly voyage across the Mediterranean Sea to seek asylum in Britain. Not only are they grieving the loss of their daughter, but the dilapidated council house they’ve been assigned to live in has a sinister secret lurking within its walls. At once a terrifying haunted house tale and a study in grief and survivor’s guilt, His House explores the often untold horrors of shared trauma and forced assimilation central to the refugee experience.
In addition to the horrific spirits lurking within their house, Bol and Rial must also navigate the threat of asking for help lest they be sent back to South Sudan for “biting the hand that feeds.” Weekes brilliantly uses genre tropes to highlight this harrowing experience, particularly the stakes that come with a strange, new land. These images, combined with a moving story of humanity after tragedy, makes His House an important film and Weekes a filmmaker to watch. –Jenn Adams