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Intermittent Delight
16 mm film and digital video
5 mins
2007

SYNOPSIS

"The intersection of identity and cultural appropriation is at the heart of Akosua Adoma Owusu's video Intermittent Delight. This carefully constructed work 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. Constructed from a combination of 1960s Afrobeat, traditional Asante Adwoa music, and field recordings of West African men and women during production of cloths and garments, the soundtrack pulls the piece together and imbues it with a jolty and festive tone. The work touches upon the idea of feminism's uneven geographical and historical development, and the nuances of labor conditions women face depending on where they live."
- New Langton Arts

CAST & CREW

Produced by: Obibini Pictures, LLC
Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Camera & Animation: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Edited by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Sound Design & Mix: Kari Rae Seekins

AWARDS

Most Progressive Filmmaker, Detroit Docs

COLLECTIONS

Themistocles and Dare Michos
Whitney Museum of American Art