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06 April 2015

Akosua Adoma Owusu presents a collection of her short films at the Athens International Film + Video Festival 2015 (Ohio, USA)
Akosua Adoma Owusu: presents a collection of her short films at Athens International Film + Video Festival 2015 (Ohio, USA)

AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU is a filmmaker of Ghanaian parentage whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005.

Films to be screened: April 7, 2015 7:15 pm

Bus Nut ‘Bus Nut’ re-articulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against US racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery Alabama and its relationship to an educational video on school bus safety. An actress re-stages a vintage video while reciting press conference audio of Rosa Parks on a recreated set in New York City.

Kwaku Ananse 2013 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.

Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful 2012 A woman attaches hair piece, black women in hair salons get their hair plaited; and a woman models on a yellow turban. Eccentric hairstyles reveal the roots of Afro hair in which activist, Angela Davis becomes involved. Manipulating and re-positioning found footage as subject matter, “Split Ends, I feel wonderful” observes the latest fad in hairstyles of the 1970s among African Americans in NYC.

Drexciya 2010 A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana. The Olympic sized pool, now in a dilapidated state, is used for locals for things other than swimming. Inspired by the myth of a Detroit electronic bands, Drexciya & Underground Resistance.

Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) 2009 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.

Intermittent Delight 2007 Intermittent Delight juxtaposes close-ups of batik textiles, fashion and design from the 1950s and 1960s, images of men weaving and women sewing in Ghana, and fragments of a Westinghouse 1960s commercial- aimed to instruct women on the how-to of refrigerator decoration.

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