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Mahogany Too by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Mahogany Too
Super 8 transfer to video
3 mins

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Inspired by Nollywood’s distinct re-imagining in the form of sequels, Mahogany Too, interprets the 1975 cult classic, Mahogany, a fashion-infused romantic drama. Starring Nigerian actress Esosa E., Mahogany Too, examines and revives Diana Ross’ iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers, a determined and energetic African-American woman enduring racial disparities while pursuing her dreams. Mahogany Too uses analog film to achieve its vintage tones which emphasizes the essence of the character, re-creating Tracy’s qualities through fashion, modeling, and styling.


"This vibrant, Nollywood-inspired spin on the 1975 Motown-produced movie Mahogany, features actress Esosa E vogueing through the city streets under the sign of Diana Ross’s iconic fashionista Tracy Chambers. Shot on warm 16mm, Akosua Adoma Owusu’s contemporary gloss on a beloved character celebrates her ever-progressive sense of style and self-assurance." - NYFF56 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center


While living in Ghana promoting Kwaku Ananse in 2013, I met Nigerian actress Esosa E., in Makola Market, a popular market place and shopping district in the heart of Accra. I recognized Esosa from several of Kevin Jerome Everson’s films. Our serendipitous encounter in Ghana and direct connection to Virginia, places where I consider home, called for a collaboration. Our mutual obsession with Diana Ross’ style and attraction to West African features inspired me to overcome the anxiety I felt around returning to analog filmmaking aesthetics. Our schedules eventually synced up across the Atlantic in Virginia, where Mahogany Too had its genesis. - Akosua Adoma Owusu


Produced by Obibini Pictures, LLC
Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Starring Esosa E
Cinematography by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Edited by King Z
Styled & Vocals by Esosa E
Sound Design & Mix by Kari Rae Seekins


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Nominated - Onion City Experimental Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - San Francisco International Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - Athens International Film + Video Festival, 2018
Nominated - Images Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2018


International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018
CinemAfrica Sweden, 2018
Onion City Experimental Film Festival, 2018
University of Richmond, 2018
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2018
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2018
Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2018
IV Fronteira Festival, 2018
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, 2018
Athens International Film + Video Festival, 2018
Images Film Festival, 2018
Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2018
Maryland Film Festival, 2018
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, 2018
Crossroads2018: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2018
Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2018
Squeaky Wheel's 15th Animation Festival, 2018
Cineclube Curtacinema, 2018
Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, 2018
San Diego Underground Film Festival, 2018
ATLAS Arts, 2018
Queer Lisboa - International Queer Film Festival, 2018
New York Film Festival, 2018
BFI London Film Festival, 2018
New Orleans Film Festival, 2018