Reluctantly Queer

Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Country: Ghana/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 8 min.
Language: English

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This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. Focused on a letter that is ultimately filled with hesitation and uncertainty, Reluctantly Queer both disrobes and questions what it means to be queer for this man in this time and space.

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.

(Source: http://akosuaadoma.com/artwork/2956984-Biography.html)

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

Filmography:
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)