Kwaku Ananse

Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Countries: Ghana, Mexico and USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 25 min.
Language: Twi

The traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse tells the story of a part man, part spider who spends years collecting all wisdom of the world in a wooden pot. As he tries to hide the pot his little son, Ntikuma shows him the way, which angers Kwaku Ananse that he throws down the pot so it bursts and the wisdom seeps away. The fable is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral. Overwhelmed by the procession, she escapes into the spirit world in search for her father. She carries her ambivalence with her into the forest, where she learns the ultimate truth about all human relationships.

About the Director

Akosua Adoma Owusu

Biography: Akosua Adoma Owusu is a filmmaker with Ghanaian parentage whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. One of ArtForum‘s Top Ten Artists and one of The Huffington Post‘s 30 Contemporary Artists under 40, Owusu has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou and London Film Festival. She was a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. She holds M.F.A. degrees in Film/Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA degree in Media Studies and Art with distinction from the University of Virginia, where she studied under the mentorship of prolific avant-garde filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
My White Baby [Me Broni Ba] (2010);
Kwaku Ananse (2014);
Bus Nut (2015)
Reluctantly Queer (2016)

Ajube Kete (2005);
Tea 4 Two (2006);
Intermittent Delight (2007);
Revealing Roots (2008);
Boyant: A Michael Jordan in a Speedo is Far Beyond the Horizon (2008);
My White Baby [Me Broni Ba] (2009);
Drexciya (2010-1);
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012);
Kwaku Ananse (2013);
Bus Nut (2014)
Reluctantly Queer (2016)