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Drexciya is a portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana.
Drexciya
Digital Video
12 mins
2010

SYNOPSIS

A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana set on the Riviera. The Riviera at one time was an upscale development, consisting of luxury high-rises and five star hotels. Since the 1970s, the Riviera has fallen into a disheveled state.

This short documentary was inspired by afro-futurist myths propagated by the underground Detroit-based band Drexciya. They suggest that Drexciya is a mythical underwater subcontinent populated by the unborn children of African women thrown overboard during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. These children have adapted and evolved to breathe underwater.

CAST & CREW

Produced by: Obibini Pictures, LLC
Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Cinematography: Dustin Thompson & Akosua Adoma Owusu
Production Sound: Caroline Jin Key
Sound Design & Mix: Nathan Ruyle

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Nominated - Best Documentary Short, Athens International Film & Video Festival
Best Experimental Film - Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Special Jury Mention - Tarifa African Film Festival, Spain
Jury's Citation Prize - Black Maria Film Festival
Top 10 African films of 2011 - Africa is A Country

COLLECTIONS

Whitney Museum of American Art