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Drexciya is a portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana.
Drexciya
Digital Video
12 mins
2010

SYNOPSIS

A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana set on the Riviera. The Riviera at one time was an upscale development, consisting of luxury high-rises and five star hotels. Since the 1970s, the Riviera has fallen into a disheveled state.

This short documentary was inspired by afro-futurist myths propagated by the underground Detroit-based band Drexciya. They suggest that Drexciya is a mythical underwater subcontinent populated by the unborn children of African women thrown overboard during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. These children have adapted and evolved to breathe underwater.

CAST & CREW

Produced by: Obibini Pictures, LLC
Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Cinematography: Dustin Thompson & Akosua Adoma Owusu
Production Sound: Caroline Jin Key
Sound Design & Mix: Nathan Ruyle

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Nominated - Best Documentary Short, Athens International Film & Video Festival
Best Experimental Film - Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Special Jury Mention - Tarifa African Film Festival, Spain
Jury's Citation Prize - Black Maria Film Festival
Top 10 African films of 2011 - Africa is A Country


OFFICIAL SELECTION

Studio Museum at Harlem
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Festival du cinéma africain, d'Asie et d'Amérique Latine
Wisconsin Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Rencontres Internationales
CinemAfrica Film Festival
Spectale Theatre
Anacostia Arts Center
Anthology Film Archives
University of Virginia
Athens International Film & Video Festival
Amherst College
Institute of Contemporary Art
California Institute of the Arts
Rochester Art Center
University of Virginia
Indiana University
Detroit Institute of the Arts
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Massachusetts College of Art and Design

COLLECTIONS

Whitney Museum of American Art