Nov 9-13, 2017

Triple Consciousness: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu

WITH AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU

Run Time: 59 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

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.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.

Owusu will present the following works in The Brandon at Brasil:

  • Reluctantly Queer (2016, 8 mins)
    This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana.
  • –  Kwaku Ananse (2014, 25 mins)
    Kwaku Ananse is an intensely personal project which draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana. The short film combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man.
  • –  Me Broni Ba (2009, 22 mins)
    Me Broni Ba is a lyrical portrait of hair salons in Kumasi, Ghana. The tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa is evoked through images of women practicing hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the West.
  • Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012, 4 mins)
    Manipulating and re-positioning 1970s found footage as subject matter, ‘Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful’ examines image and iconography in African- American hairstyles in New York City.

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.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.

Owusu will present the following works in The Brandon at Brasil:

  • Reluctantly Queer (2016, 8 mins)
    This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana.
  • –  Kwaku Ananse (2014, 25 mins)
    Kwaku Ananse is an intensely personal project which draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana. The short film combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man.
  • –  Me Broni Ba (2009, 22 mins)
    Me Broni Ba is a lyrical portrait of hair salons in Kumasi, Ghana. The tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa is evoked through images of women practicing hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the West.
  • Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012, 4 mins)
    Manipulating and re-positioning 1970s found footage as subject matter, ‘Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful’ examines image and iconography in African- American hairstyles in New York City.

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