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Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her films explore the colliding identities of black immigrants in America through multiple forms ranging from cinematic essays to experimental narratives to reconstructed Black popular media.
Owusu's films have screened internationally in festivals and museums including the New York Film Festival, Berlinale Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, MoMA and the BFI London Film Festival. Named by IndieWire as one of six preeminent “avant-garde female filmmakers who redefined cinema,” she was a featured artist of the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Her film Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Award. Recent projects include Welcome to the Jungle (2019) a multi-channel video installation made in collaboration with the CCA Wattis Institute. Owusu has received numerous fellowships and grants including the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists (2020), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2015), the MacDowell Colony fellowship (2013) and the Creative Capital fellowship (2012). Her films are available for streaming exclusively on the Criterion Channel.