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An Evening with Experimental Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu in Chicago Nov. 14

An Evening with Experimental Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu in Chicago Nov. 14

Award
winning avant garde Akosua Adoma Owusu has a mission.

Her mission, in her own words, is to “through my
filmmaking… open audiences up to a new dialogue between the continents of
Africa and America; one that incorporates more than just stereotypes, but
includes both conventionalized and un-conventionalized discourses of race in
its service. By creating complex contradictions.”

But that’s not
all; she also hopes that, through her films, “a new meaning can emerge and be deposited
into the universal consciousness. If I can do this by creating an experience
for the audience that enables them to experience what it is like to find
oneself, while being foreign in a community, then perhaps I can help that new
meaning come to light.”

Born in Virginia
to Ghanaian parents, Ms. Owusu got her MFA in Film and Video and Fine Arts from
the California Institute of the Arts, and has established an international reputation
as a major experiential filmmaker and artist, whose numerous works have been
screened worldwide in film festivals, museums, movie theaters, art galleries,
universities. And last year, she was named by The Huffington Post as one of
their “30
Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know.”

Her latest
short film, “Kwaku Ananse” (which Tambay wrote about HERE back in August), was partly funded by Focus Features Africa
First, and made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival last year, in
competition for the Golden Bear Prize. It has has gone on the be shown at
several major film festivals around the world, including the Toronto International
Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Locarno Film
Festival, Durban Film Festival, and Dubai International Film Festival.

Now Ms.
Owusu is making a stop on her very busy globetrotting schedule to make an
appearance at the Black Cinema House in Chicago, at its new expanded location at
7200 S. Kimbark, to discuss her career
and her films, some of which will be screened, on Friday November 14 starting at
7PM.

Among the
films that will be screened are: “Me Broni Ba” (“My White Baby”), “Spilt Ends” (which
has been shown in conjunction with the Black Radical Imagination collective
film tour), and “Kwaku Ananse.”

Terri Francis, who is the associate professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana
University, will be the interviewer and moderator of the discussion.

As with all
events at the Black Cinema House, attendance is free, but you must RSVP HERE.
 
Go HERE to check out Ms. Owusu’s website.

Here’s the
trailer for “Kwaku Anase:”

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