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SYNOPSIS

A Ghanaian-American filmmaker who, while in Ghana to receive an African Movie Academy Award, is inspired to launch a Kickstarter campaign to refurbish the Rex Theater, one of the oldest cinema houses in West Africa.

STATEMENT

In September 2013, filmmaker I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to "Save the Rex" Cinema in Accra, Ghana. Save the Rex is a coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical feature-length film that weaves together real life and fictionalized storytelling to explore ideas of individual and collective identity, memory and home. This film is part of an on-going effort to revive one of Ghana's oldest cinema houses as an alternative creative space for art, music, and film. - Akosua Adoma Owusu

REFERENCES

Agence France Press - Filmmaker hoping to rejuvenate Ghana's dilapidated old cinemas
Le Quotidien Maghrébin - Accra : Le cinéma Rex
Africa is a Country - Interview: Reimagining Ghana’s Cinemaspace
Design233 - Interview: Akosua Adoma Owusu: Saving Rex Cinema
OkayAfrica - Akosua Adoma Owusu’s Campaign To Transform Accra’s Rex Cinema


GRANTS & SUPPORT

Art Matters Foundation Travel Grant, 2015
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 2015-2016
Camargo Foundation Residency, June 2016-July 2016

CAST & CREW

Produced by: Obibini Pictures, LLC
Written, Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Photo Credits: TJ Letsa & Akosua Adoma Owusu