Akosua Adoma Owusu

Akosua Adoma Owusu

Bronx, NY

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer and cinematographer whose films and installation work address the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a “triple consciousness.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third cinematic space or consciousness, representing diverse identities including feminism, queerness and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.

Owusu’s films have screened internationally in festivals like Rotterdam, Locarno, Toronto, New Directors/New Films, and the BFI London Film Festival. Named by Indiewire as one of six pre-eminent Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, she was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar programmed by renowned film critic Dennis Lim. Her film Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 African Movie Academy Award and was supported by the Africa First award sponsored by Focus Features. Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the 2016 Berlinale and played at Ann Arbor, New Directors/New Films among others. Me Broni Ba / My White Baby garnered critical acclaim at over 100 international film festivals and museums; picking up a distribution deal with The Cinema Guild. Owusu’s work is included in permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, of the Centre Pompidou, of the Fowler Museum and the Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive. Her recent projects include reviving Ghana’s historic Rex Cinema as a creative space for art, music, and film. She holds MFA degrees in Film & Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as an Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.


On Monday of Last Week

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a “triple consciousness.”

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On Monday of Last Week is a film based on a short story by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The narrative tells the story of Kamara, a Nigerian woman who takes on a nannying job caring for Josh, the five-year old son of Tracy and Neil, an interracial couple living in an upscale urban home. Under Neil’s direction, Kamara settles into a routine of prepping Josh for an academic competition and feeding him the latest kids’ health craze. The noticeable absence of Josh’s mother, Tracy, and her occasional outbursts heard from her artist’s studio in the basement intrigue Kamara. Kamara’s growing curiosity is piqued when Tracy finally emerges from her studio one afternoon. The brief encounter causes Kamara to launch into an unexpected attraction, wanting nothing more than an excuse to see Tracy again.

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