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Me Broni Ba is a lyrical portrait of hair salons in Kumasi, Ghana.
Me Broni Ba (My White Baby)
16 mm Film and Digital Video
22 mins


Me Broni Ba is a lyrical portrait of hair salons in Kumasi, Ghana. The tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa is evoked through images of women practicing hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the West. The film unfolds through a series of vignettes, set against a child's story of migrating from Ghana to the United States. The film uncovers the meaning behind the Akan term of endearment, me broni ba, which means “my white baby.”

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Produced by Obibini Pictures, LLC
Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Text/Story: Adwoa Adu-Gyamfi
Cinematography: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Editor: Romulo Alejandro & Akosua Adoma Owusu
Additional Photography: Dustin Thompson
Additional Photography: Betzy Bromberg
Production Sound: Caroline Jin Key
Sound Design & Mix: Nathan Ruyle
Location: Kumasi, Ghana


Best Documentary Film - Chicago Underground
2nd Prize Best Documentary Short - Athens Film & Video Festival
Silver Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival
Special Mention - Real Life Documentary Film Festival (Ghana)
Top Ten - ArtForum Magazine, October, 2010


MoMA Documentary Fortnight, 2009
Athens International Film and Video Festival, 2009
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2009
Visions du Réel Film Festival, 2009
AFI SilverDocs Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Atlanta Film Festival, 2009
RedCat, CalArts Film/Video Showcase, 2009
Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2009
Alexandria Film Festival, 2009
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, 2009
London Film Festival, 2009
DOK Leipzig Festival
Festival des 3 Continents, 2009
Maysels Cinema, 2009
7th World Film Festival of Bangkok, 2009
CPH:DOX, 2009
NewFilmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, 2009
New York African Diaspora Film Festival, 2009
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010
Play-Doc International Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Africa World Documentary Festival, 2010
Bermuda International Film Festival, 2010
New York African Film Festival, 2010
Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner


Whitney Museum of American Art
Fowler Museum at UCLA