Award-winning Ghanaian Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu is working on a movie to chronicle her efforts on ‘SaveTheRex’ project.
Some three years ago, Owusu embarked on a successful campaign to revive Rex cinema, a creative art, music, and film space in Accra.
The movie, she says is “a coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical feature-length film that weaves together real life and fictionalized storytelling to explore ideas of individual and collective identity, memory and home,” in a statement.
“This film is part of an on-going effort to revive one of Ghana’s oldest cinema houses as an alternative creative space for art, music, and film. I cannot wait to begin production and share our new developments with the world!”
The movie was written, directed and produced by Owusu, and powered by her production company, Obibini Pictures, LLC.
Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. Her work addresses 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 identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.
Named by Indiewire as one of the 6 Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, and one of The Huffington Post‘s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Founded in 2007, her company, Obibini Pictures, LLC has produced award-winning films including Reluctantly Queer and Kwaku Ananse, which received the 2013 African Movie Academy Award for Best Short Film. Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.
In 2010, Owusu was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Artforum listed Me Broni Ba as one of 2010’s top ten films. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fowler Museum, Yale University Film Study Center, and Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive. She’s received support from Tribeca All Access, IFP, Focus Features Africa First, the Art Matters Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund.
In 2017, Owusu’s production company Obibini Pictures, LLC produced “On Monday of Last Week”, a film adaptation of a short story in renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s collection, “The Thing Around Your Neck.” The film was supported in part by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation.
Owusu 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, where she studied under the mentorship of prolific avant-garde filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson.
Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as a Visiting Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Tribeca All Access grant, 2015
Berlinale World Cinema Fund, 2014
Africa Movie Academy Award, 2013
Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2013
Tribeca Heineken Affinity Nominee, 2013
Arte France International Prize, 2013
Creative Capital Grant, 2012
Art Matters Grant, 2012
Sarah Jacobson Film Grant, 2012
Focus Features Africa First, 2011
Best Experimental Short, Guanajuato Film Festival, 2011
Special Jury Mention, Tarifa Africa Film Festival, 2011
Jury’s Citation Prize, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 2011
Special Mention, Real Life Documentary Film Festival, 2010
2nd Prize in Documentary, Athens Film & Video Festival, 2009
Best Documentary Short, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2009
Most Progressive Filmmaker Award, Detroit Docs, 2008