Collections (14)

  • Short Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu

    1 season

    Playful, funny, and brilliantly subversive, the films of Akosua Adoma Owusu use her identity as a Ghanaian American as a jumping-off point to explore the nuances of race, sexuality, and nationality in both the United States and Africa. Blurring the boundaries of experimental, narrative, and docum...

  • Tea 4 Two

    Movie

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2006 • United States

    Beautiful Chrissy plays with Miss Mary Mack in a surreal deconstruction of the classic children’s rhyme.

  • Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful

    Movie

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2012 • United States

    Playful yet powerful, Akosua Adoma Owusu’s SPLIT ENDS, I FEEL WONDERFUL focuses on African American women’s hair, spinning found footage of 1970s New York hair salons and hairstyles into a dense collage of gesture and image.

  • Reluctantly Queer

    Movie

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2016 • Ghana
    Starring Kwame Edwin Otu

    This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettled life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his queer identity amid the increased tensions incited by Ghana’s anti-LGBT politics. ...

  • Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us

    Movie

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2019 • Germany

    The starting point for this colorful film is a letter from scholar and activist W. E. B. Du Bois to the American embassy in Brazil. The fact that in 1927 it was impossible for African Americans to travel to Brazil reminds us of the inequality still...

  • On Monday of Last Week

    Movie

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2018 • United States
    Starring Chinasa Ogbuagu, Peter Rini, Karyn Parsons

    A story by acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie provides the basis for this exploration of race, liberalism, and sexuality centered on an encounter between a Nigerian woman and...

Videos (14)

  • Meet Akosua Adoma Owusu

    This interview with director Akosua Adoma Owusu was recorded in 2021.

  • Tea 4 Two

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2006 • United States

    Beautiful Chrissy plays with Miss Mary Mack in a surreal deconstruction of the classic children’s rhyme.

  • Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2012 • United States

    Playful yet powerful, Akosua Adoma Owusu’s SPLIT ENDS, I FEEL WONDERFUL focuses on African American women’s hair, spinning found footage of 1970s New York hair salons and hairstyles into a dense collage of gesture and image.

  • Reluctantly Queer

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2016 • Ghana
    Starring Kwame Edwin Otu

    This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettled life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his queer identity amid the increased tensions incited by Ghana’s anti-LGBT politics. ...

  • Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2019 • Germany

    The starting point for this colorful film is a letter from scholar and activist W. E. B. Du Bois to the American embassy in Brazil. The fact that in 1927 it was impossible for African Americans to travel to Brazil reminds us of the inequality still...

  • On Monday of Last Week

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2018 • United States
    Starring Chinasa Ogbuagu, Peter Rini, Karyn Parsons

    A story by acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie provides the basis for this exploration of race, liberalism, and sexuality centered on an encounter between a Nigerian woman and...

  • Me broni ba

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2009 • Ghana

    This innovative portrait of hair salons in Kumasi, Ghana, uncovers the meaning behind the Akan term of endearment “me broni ba” (“my white baby”). The tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa is evoked through images of women practicing hair ...

  • Mahogany Too

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2018 • United States
    Starring Esosa E.

    Inspired by Nollywood’s distinct reimaginings in the form of sequels, MAHOGANY TOO examines and revives Diana Ross’s iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers in the 1975 cult classic MAHOGANY.