Akosua Adoma Owusu
Black Sunshine (2014)
Film
70 minutes
GRANTS & SUPPORT
Produire au Sud Workhop, 2010
Amiens Screenplay Fund Finalist, 2011
Creative Capital Foundation Grant, 2012
Locarno Film Festival Open Doors, 2012
TFI Affinity Award Nomination, 2013

Set in a village in Agogo, Ghana, Black Sunshine is a feature-length experimental film about a promiscuous Ghanaian hairdresser, Effie, and her albino daughter, Asabea. Born albino, everything about Asabea sets her apart. Her days are spent caring for her ailing mother and dreaming of escaping with her mysterious friend, Shebere. When she tries to balance her life between Effie and Shebere, she finds herself pulled down two separate paths—and the places they lead her are darker than she could ever imagine.

The film weaves together scripted and nontraditional documentary forms, and examines albino Africans as tropes for cross-cultural identity. Albinos have been chastised, ridiculed and killed in many parts of Africa because of their skin color. The film explores conventional beauty, emotional violence, the social stigma of albinism in Africa and its impact on family dynamics.
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