Ghanaian-American director is named by indiewire.com as one of the female filmmakers “whose contributions to the tradition of experimental film continue to change the landscape of art cinema.”
Adoma, in 2013 won the award for Best Short Film at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for her film Kweku Ananse.
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U.S.-born but of Ghanaian parentage, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a filmmaker whose exact style is difficult to pin down. An African filmmaker by all accounts, her work spans from experimental documentary (in films like “Me Broni Ba”), sprawling fable retellings (in the Africa Award-winning “Kwaku Ananse”) and avant-garde ethnographic accounts. A filmmaker interested in what she calls the “triple consciousness” of the African immigrant, Owusu is known to problematize the hair of African women in order to extrapolate the greater cultural anxieties surrounding her racial legacy. Trafficking in the “complex contradictions” of blackness, displacement and memory, Owusu seamlessly transitions between experimental cinema, fine art and African tradition in order to create avant-garde films that question the nature of identity.