Ghanaian-American cinematographer Akosua Adoma Owusu has been named for the prestigious Goethe Institut’s Vila Sul Residency programme to develop her forthcoming debut feature film.
Taking place from June 4 to July 27, the programme will see the Kwaku Ananse filmmaker join other prominent creatives as visual artist Cécile Martin, choreographer Augusto Soledade, JJ18, and artistic group Dimenti.
Part of ‘a global effort to promote meetings and discuss the “Global South” via artistic work and experience’, the residency program is, according to Goethe’s website, “aimed at established intellectuals, artists, scientists and writers of all areas, as well as at researchers and people who work in interdisciplinary fields.”
Vila Sul alumni include Ana Hupe, writer Jonathan Dotse, DJ Ipek, curator Marina Forkidis and a host of others.
A multiple-award-winner, Owusu has produced such works as Mahogany Too, On Monday of Last Week, (14 mins), Reluctantly Queer, (8 mins), Bus Nut, Kwaku Ananse, Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful among others. Her films have featured at international stages; Rotterdam, Viennale, Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin, Toronto, New Directors/New Films, BFI London Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival.