Ghanaian Filmmaker, Akosua Adoma Owusu is up for an award at an international film festival.
Her movie ‘Mahogany Too’ was nominated in the ‘New Visions award’ category at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFM) in the United States of America.
It will also be screened at the festival on April 7, 2018.
The SFIFM was founded in 1957, and is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. This year’s edition will be held between April 4 and 17, 2018.
It is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation featuring more than 180 films and live events with upwards of 100 film makers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for excellence in film craft.
“I’m so honoured to be nominated for the New Visions award at the Oscar qualifying San Francisco International Film Festival again this year,” expressed Owusu in an interview with livefmghana.com.
“This is the third for Obibini Pictures. There was one for ‘Me Broni Ba’ in 2009, and another for ‘Bus Nut’ in 2015 starring ‘An African City’ actress, MaameYaa Boafo.”
‘Mahogany Too’ is an interpretation of 1975 classic fashion-infused drama ‘Mahogany,’ and stars Esosa E of An African City fame as its lead character.
It examines and revives Diana Ross’ iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers, a determined African-American woman enduring racial disparities whilst pursuing her dreams.
Owusu explained what inspired her to shoot the movie.
“Myself and Esosa have a mutual obsession with Diana Ross’ style and attraction to West African features inspired me to overcome the anxiety I felt around returning to analog filmmaking aesthetics.”
The movie was world premiered at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam in Holland alongside works of legendary filmmakers Ousmane Sembene and Haile Gerima.
The movie is directed by Owusu, and produced by her company, Obinini Pictures LLC with support from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Owusu is an African Movie Academy Awards winner. Her movie ‘Kweku Ananse’ won ‘Best Short Film’ at the 2013 edition of the awards scheme.
A few years ago, she started an initiative to revive Rex Cinema, a creative art, music, and film space in Accra.