As a writer-director At Mariama Diallo’s feature debut, Masters, three women struggle to find their place at a prestigious New England university whose chilling elitism may mask something more sinister.
Professor Gail Bishop (Regina Room) was recently promoted to “Master” of a residence hall, the first time at legendary Ancaster College that a black woman has held the position. Determined to breathe new life into an age-old tradition, Gail soon finds herself immersed in the trials and tribulations of Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee), an energetic and optimistic black freshman. Jasmine’s stay in Ancaster hits a snag early on when she’s assigned a dorm that’s rumored to be haunted. Things get worse when Jasmine clashes in class with Liv Beckman (Ambergris), a professor in the midst of her own racist tenure exam. As Gail tries to maintain order and fulfill the duties of a Master, the cracks begin to appear in Ancaster’s once pristine facade. After a career spent struggling to fit into Ancaster’s inner circle, Gail is faced with the gruesome prospect of what lies beneath, her question ultimately becoming not if the school is haunted, but by whom. .
Currently screening at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, Master will premiere March 18, 2022 on Prime Video.