Akosua Adoma Owusu

Filmmaker/Producer, Obibini Pictures LLC

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Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. Her work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.

Named by Indiewire as one of the 6 Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, and one of The Huffington Post‘s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Founded in 2007, her company, Obibini Pictures, LLC produces alternative African films for international markets. Her award-winning short film, Me Broni Ba, which investigates the fraught relationship between images of beauty and power, exhibited in 100 international film festivals and museums around the world. Artforum listed Me Broni Ba as one of 2010’s top ten films. In 2013, her film, Kwaku Ananse received a Golden Bear nomination at the Berlinale and won the 2013 African Movie Academy Award in Nigeria for Best Short Film. Winning the award for Best International Short at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale in 2016.

In 2017, Obibini Pictures, LLC produced "On Monday of Last Week", a film adaptation of a short story in renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s collection, "The Thing Around Your Neck." The film was supported in part by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation. Recent projects include reviving Ghana’s historic Rex Cinema as a creative space for art, music, and film.

Owusu was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Fowler Museum, Yale University Film Study Center, and Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive. Her debut feature is supported by Tribeca All Access, IFP, Focus Features Africa First, the Art Matters Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund.

Owusu holds MFA degrees in Film & Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA in Media Studies and Studio Art with distinction from the University of Virginia. She divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as a Visiting Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Akosua Adoma Owusu is represented by Andrew Farber at Farber Law LLC.