Akosua Adoma Owusu

An anthology of Owusu's work is available for cultural institutions and universities at Grasshopper Film


Born January 1, 1984, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker and producer whose films 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 like International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films (New York) and the BFI London Film Festival. Named by Indiewire as one of the six pre-eminent Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, she was a featured artist of the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar programmed by renowned critic and film curator Dennis Lim. On February 26th, 2020, Akosua Adoma Owusu received the 2020 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists.

Her film On Monday of Last Week (2017) based on a short story of the same name in celebrated author Chimamanda Adichie’s collection, "The Thing Around Your Neck" was nominated for the 2017 African Movie Academy Award. The film went on to screen at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Fowler Museum, ICA London and the 25th New York African Film Festival co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center. Reluctantly Queer (2016) was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival and made its nationwide television broadcast debut on the American Documentary (POV) series for PBS. Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 African Movie Academy Award and was supported by the Africa First award sponsored by Focus Features.

She has won numerous fellowships and grants including from the Guggenheim Foundation, Knight Foundation, Creative Capital, MacDowell Colony, Camargo Foundation the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia, and most recently from the Residency project at Villa Sträuli in Switzerland. Her recent projects include reviving Ghana’s historic Rex Cinema as a creative space for art, music, and film.

Owusu's work is included in permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Fowler Museum. Owusu holds Master's degrees in the School of Film/Video and School of Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts, which she earned in 2008. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Her films are produced under Obibini Pictures LLC. She is represented by Farber Law LLC.