Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer and cinematographer whose films and installation work address the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third cinematic space or consciousness, representing diverse identities including feminism, queerness and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.
Owusu's films have screened internationally in festivals such as Rotterdam, Locarno, Toronto, MoMA, AFI, BFI London Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Named by Indiewire as one of 6 pre-eminent Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, she was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar programmed by renowned film critic Dennis Lim.
Her film On Monday of Last Week (2018) based on a short story of the same name in celebrated author Chimamanda Adichie’s collection, "The Thing Around Your Neck" was nominated for a 2017 African Movie Academy Award and screened at the Fowler Museum, ICA London and 25th New York African Film Festival co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 African Movie Academy Award and was supported by the Africa First award sponsored by Focus Features. Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the 2016 Berlinale and played at Ann Arbor, New Directors/New Films among others. Me Broni Ba / My White Baby (2009) garnered critical acclaim at over 100 international film festivals and museums; picking up a distribution deal with The Cinema Guild.
Owusu’s films and installations have been included in major exhibitions such as BOZAR (2018); Cobo Center Marquee (2018); Nickelodeon Theatre (2018); McNay Art Museum (2018); Anthology Film Archives (2018); Museu de arte de São Paulo (2018); The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2016); Mother Tongue Film Festival (2017); Art+Practice (2015); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2015); Museum of Modern Art (2015); Prospect.3 New Orleans (2013); UnionDocs (2012) and Vox Populi (2011). Her recent projects include reviving Ghana’s historic Rex Cinema as a creative space for art, music, and film.
She has received numerous fellowships and grants including the Guggenheim Foundation, Knight Foundation, Creative Capital, MacDowell Colony, Camargo Foundation and most recently Goethe-Institut Vila Sul in Salvador-Bahia. Her forthcoming debut feature is supported by Durban FilmMart’s ARTE France International Prize, Berlinale World Cinema Fund, and the Tribeca Film Institute.
Owusu's work is included in permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, of the Centre Pompidou, of the Fowler Museum and the Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive.
She holds MFA degrees in Film & Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA in Media Studies and Studio Art with distinction from the University of Virginia. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as an Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her films are produced under her production company Obibini Pictures LLC.
Akosua Adoma Owusu is represented by Andrew Farber at Farber Law LLC.