Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer and cinematographer whose films and installation work 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 6 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.
Her film On Monday of Last Week (2018) based on a short story of the same name in celebrated author Chimamanda Adichie’s collection, "The Thing Around Your Neck" was nominated for a 2017 African Movie Academy Award and screened at the Fowler Museum, ICA London and 25th New York African Film Festival co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 African Movie Academy Award and was supported by the Africa First award sponsored by Focus Features. Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the 2016 Berlinale and played at Ann Arbor, MoMA among others. Me Broni Ba / My White Baby (2009) garnered critical acclaim at over 100 international film festivals and museums; picking up a distribution deal with The Cinema Guild.
She has won numerous fellowships and grants including from the Guggenheim Foundation, Knight Foundation, Creative Capital, MacDowell Colony, Camargo Foundation and most recently from the Residency Program of the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia. 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, of the Centre Pompidou, of the Fowler Museum and the Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive.
She received her MFA degrees from the Schools of Film/Video and Fine Art at California Institute of the Arts. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as an Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her films are produced under her production company Obibini Pictures LLC.
Akosua Adoma Owusu is represented by Andrew Farber at Farber Law LLC.