Reluctantly Queer

Akosua Adoma Owusu

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Staff Picks Reluctantly Queer
Akosua Adoma Owusu

8 Minutes

Staff Picks

June 1–30, 2022

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.

Reluctantly Queer (2016, 8 minutes) is presented on e-flux Video & Film alongside Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019, 9 minutes) as the June 2022 edition of Staff Picks, featuring filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu.

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Film, Sexuality & Eroticism
Experimental Film, Queer Art & Theory, Blackness, Africa
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Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer, and educator. She has screened extensively at festivals and venues worldwide including the New York Film Festival, NY African Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, MoMA, and the BFI London Film Festival. Her film Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Award and was selected for the 59th Venice Biennale. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Film at Georgetown University and Visiting Faculty of Film/Video at Bard MFA. Prior to this, she taught at Harvard University, Northern Virginia Community College, and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives and works in New York.


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