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D.C. Film Premiere of Award-Winning “Kwaku Ananse”
April 22, 2014 @ 11:00 am - April 23, 2014 @ 1:30 am EDTFREE
Join Parallel Film Collective and Anacoastia Arts Center for a special night of Electric Tuesday when we’ll be hosting a Retrospective of Ghanaian based filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu including the local premiere of her award-winning “Kwaku Ananse“. Owusu will be in conversation with Parallel Film Collective’s Founding Director, Dr. Montré Aza Missouri to discuss both Owusu’s work and the role of African Diaspora women in crafting new film aesthetics.
Kwaku Ananse Synopsis:
The traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral. Nyan’s father led two separate lives with two wives and two families – one in Ghana, one in the United States. Nyan’s ambivalence about her father’s double life is a reflection of a broader truth about the nature of our personal relationships.
Akosua Adoma Owusu Biography:
Akosua Adoma Owusu is an AMAA award-winning American
avant-garde filmmaker of Ghanaian parentage, born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Owusu earned her BA in Media Studies and Studio Art at the University of Virginia and her MFA from the departments of Fine Art and Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts.
Producers of Owusu’s first film Black Sunshine won France’s ARTE International Prize Award at the 2013 Durban FilmMart. In 2013, The Huffington Post listed Owusu in “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know.” Her film Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Short Film. Kwaku Ananse participated in French Cesar Film Academy Golden Nights Panorama program of Best Short Films of the year, organized with support from UNESCO, a program that selects notable short films awarded in 2013.