MeMaw is the story of a young woman, Jessie, who finds out she is pregnant the same week her grandmother is diagnosed with a terminal illness. She decides to document the progression of her pregnancy during her grandmother's final days- in hopes to share those special moments with her future daughter.

  • Zanah Thirus
    The Black Feminist Documentary ; Demons; Ready Set Adult
  • Zanah Thirus
    The Black Feminist Documentary ; Demons; Ready Set Adult
  • Marquelle Young
  • Zanah Thirus
  • Judith Fluellen
    Key Cast
    "MeMaw "
  • Zanah Thirus
    Key Cast
  • Jessika Farrell
    Key Cast
    "Jessie (teenager)"
  • James Thomas
    Key Cast
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    14 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Zanah Thirus

Zanah is an actress, producer, writer, and director from Chicago IL. After being homeschooled until she was fifteen years old, she began her college career. Her love for filmmaking sparked after years acting in a drama team, and various independent films. She received her master’s degree in cinema production from DePaul University at the age of twenty two, and began her career in independent filmmaking and content production in 2015.

In 2016, Zanah won Best Female Director for her short film “Hourglass” at the Cineplay Film Awards. Her festival credits as a filmmaker include Official Selection - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival (2016), Best Student Documentary - London Independent Film Awards (2017), Semi Finalist at The German United Film Festival (2018), and Finalist at Cinema Los Angeles Film Festival (2018). In addition to her international credits, five of her films are streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Since launching her brand, Zanah Thirus Productions LLC, Zanah has shifted her focus to merging arts and activism though documentary and narrative storytelling. Her films surround subjects such as gender, race, politics, and mental health. In 2019, her feature documentary- Black Feminist - was an official selection at the Bronze Lens Festival of Atlanta. That same year- her short film, Demons, was also nominated for Best Short Film at the Content Creators of Atlanta Awards.

Outside of independent film production, Zanah began content producing in the advertising world in 2017. Since then she's produced at various agencies on a number of brands including Fanta, Sprite, Cox Communications, Novant Health, GA Lottery, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Sanderson Farms.

Representation: Gill Talent Group

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