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On Monday of Last Week
On Monday of Last Week
Super-8 & HD video
14 mins

a SAG short film agreement

SYNOPSIS

Set in an urban home, On Monday of Last Week follows Kamara, a Nigerian woman, working as a nanny caring for Josh, the five-year old son of Tracy and Neil, an interracial couple. Tracy is an African American artist working on a commission in her basement studio - a space she rarely leaves. The absence of Josh's mother, Tracy intrigues Kamara. When Tracy finally emerges from her studio one afternoon, Kamara's growing curiosity is piqued. Their brief encounter inspires Kamara to become Tracy’s muse.

STATEMENT

I was compelled to create a new work by adapting literature from contemporary African writers. The themes of race, liberalism, and sexuality in Adichie’s short story "On Monday of Last Week" resonated with my films on the ‘triple consciousness’ of the African immigrant as I transition between avant-garde cinema, fine art, and African tradition to complicate the nature of identity.

Through my film work, I hope to open audiences to a new dialogue between the continents of Africa and America; one that incorporates more than just stereotypes, but includes both conventionalized and un-conventionalized discourses of race in its service. By creating complex contradictions, I hope that new meaning can emerge and be deposited into the universal consciousness. If I can do this by creating an experience for the audience that enables them to experience what it is like to find oneself, while being foreign in a community, then perhaps I can help that new meaning come to light. - Akosua Adoma Owusu

GRANTS & SUPPORT

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Creative Capital Foundation
Represented by Farber Law LLC

CAST

Kamara.....Chinasa Ogbuagu
Neil...........Peter Rini
Tracy.........Karyn Parsons
Maren.......Jill Shackner
Josh..........Farouk James Premeph

CREW

Produced by Obibini Pictures, LLC
Based on the story "On Monday of Last Week" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Written, Directed, & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Associate Producer: Daniel Haley, Esq.
Cinematography by: P. Sam Kessie
Additional Photography by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Hair Stylist: Jennah Bell Bayyan
Makeup Artist: Michela Wariebi
Artist: Ify Chiejina
Costume and Wardrobe by Osei Duro, Erin McDermott Jewelry, & William Okpo
Sound Mixer : Hyo Jin An
Gaffer: Jesus Sanchez
Edited by: Romulo Alejandro
Sound Design & Mix: Nathan Ruyle
Composed by: M.anifest & Drvmroll
Music: Les Nubians