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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.”

Available for Institutional Purchase or Sale at The Cinema Guild


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


Whitney Museum of American Art
Fowler Museum at UCLA