The Aesthetics of Triple Consciousness: Interdisciplinary approaches to the films of Akosua Adoma Owusu

When and Where

Wednesday, October 09, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Room 108N
Munk Centre For International Studies, North House
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 3K7


Akosua Adoma Owusu
Lauren Cramer (Cinema Studies Institute)
Jordache Ellapen (Women & Gender Studies Institute)
Julie MacArthur (History)


This screening and roundtable discussion focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the aesthetics of “triple consciousness” in the work of acclaimed Ghanaian-American filmmaker, Akosua Adoma Owusu. Owusu’s visual elaborations of triple consciousness reflects the collision of identities and worlds experienced by African immigrants in the United States. Her work explores themes of the asymmetrical geographies of feminism, queer desires, displacement, and historical archives. The event will feature three short films introduced by Owusu and followed by reflections from Lauren Cramer (Cinema Studies), Jordache Ellapen (WGS), and Julie MacArthur (History).

Akosua Adoma Owusu (b. 1984) is an acclaimed Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer. Her experimental and narrative films create a third cinematic space or consciousness. Named by IndieWire as one of the 6 pre-eminent “Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema”, she has exhibited worldwide, including at the Berlinale, Locarno, New Directors/New Films (NY), and London (BFI), and won multiple awards, fellowships, and grants.


Cinema Studies Institute, Department of History, Women and Gender Studies Institute, African Studies


1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 3K7