Drexciya

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    Drexciya

    Directed by

    Ghana

    2010

    12 min

    • English

    Experimental

    A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana set on the Riviera. The Riviera at one time was an upscale development, consisting of luxury high-rises and five star hotels. Since the 1970s, the Riviera has fallen into a disheveled state. This short documentary was inspired by afro-futurist myths propagated by the underground Detroit-based band Drexciya. They suggest that Drexciya is a mythical underwater subcontinent populated by the unborn children of African women thrown overboard during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. These children have adapted and evolved to breathe underwater.

    Awards

    • Best Experimental Film - Expresion en Corto IFF
    • 2nd Prize, Jury's Citation - Black Maria Film & Video Festival
    • Special Mention - Africa FF

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Akosua Adoma Owusu
    Cinematography
    Dustin Thompson
    Akosua Adoma Owusu
    Editing
    Dustin Thompson
    Music
    John Hawk
    Gordon Kurowski
    Production
    OBIBINI PICTURES

    Press

    This stunning, eerie short film uses an abandoned swimming pool to evoke the legend of an underwater subcontinent that houses the unborn children of pregnant African women thrown off slave ships.

    Toronto IFF

    ...for the radical nature of the project, its effective use of limited economic resources and its poetic insight

    Tarifa Africa FF

    Akosua Adoma Owusu

    Akosua Adoma Owusu

    Ghana

    Instead of ‘Africanizing’ Western stories, I’m interested in reclaiming African history rendering them into what is happening in the present day.

    Akosua Adoma Owusu (b. 1984) is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer whose films address the collision of identities where the African immigrant located in America has a triple consciousness. Interpreting the notion of “double consciousness,” coined by sociologist and civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois to define the experience of black Americans negotiating selfhood in the face of discrimination and cultural dislocation, Owusu aims to create a third cinematic space or consciousness. In her works, feminism, queerness, and African identities interact in African, white American, and black American cultural environments. Named by IndieWire as one of six preeminent “avant-garde female filmmakers who redefined cinema,” she was a featured artist of the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar programmed by renowned film curator and critic Dennis Lim. Owusu has exhibited worldwide, including at the Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno, Toronto, New Directors/New Films (NY), and London (BFI). Her film Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Award. Her film WHITE AFRO won the Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Prize at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Fowler Museum at UCLA. She has received fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Knight Foundation, Creative Capital, the MacDowell Colony, the Camargo Foundation and most recently from the Residency Program of the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

    Selected Filmography