Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us

Akosua Adoma Owusu

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Staff Picks Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us
Akosua Adoma Owusu

9 Minutes

Staff Picks

June 1–30, 2022

The starting point for this film is a letter from human rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois to the American embassy in Brazil. The fact that in 1927 it was impossible for African Americans to travel to Brazil reminds us of the inequality still faced by that country’s black inhabitants.

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

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Film, Human and Civil Rights, Latin America
Experimental Film, Blackness
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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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