The world is looking rather curiously but with excitement at Akosua Adoma Owusu’s, the producer and director of the award-winning documentary Kwaku Ananse, attempt to revive one of Ghana’s oldest cinemas, Rex Cinema.
Rather than celebrate the selection of her documentary at the recently held Africa Movie Academy Awards, Akosua is transforming the energy derived from this opportunity to reawaken Ghana’s slumbering cinema culture.
This effort to put breath back in the lungs of the Rex Cinema, which is strategically located in the heart of the central business district of Accra, is an indication of a desire to not leave behind Ghana’s rich cinema legacy in the face of her fast yet uneven development.
A material heritage of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, the Rex Cinema is not simply a testament to the vision for a Pan-African cinema that questions the partial truths nourished by the ideological and material debris leftover by colonialism but a reminder that there was a time and there existed a space where radical ideas that incited change flourished.
Akosua Adoma Owusu talks to Design233’s Kwame Otu about the inspiration for this project following her winning the AMAA award this year for her short film Kwaku Ananse.