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 cinematographer. She currently lectures at Harvard University and at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Since 2005, Owusu's films have screened internationally in festivals and museums, including the New York Film Festival, Berlinale Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, MoMA, and the BFI London Film Festival. Named by IndieWire as one of six preeminent “avant-garde female filmmakers who redefined cinema,” she was a featured artist of the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Her recent projects include Welcome to the Jungle (2019), a multi-channel video installation made in collaboration with the CCA Wattis Institute. Her work can be found on the Criterion Channel and in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Fowler Museum at UCLA, among others. Owusu's awards and grants include the Gardner Film Study Fellowship (2021), the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists (2020), Camargo Foundation Fellowship (2016), Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2015), Africa Movie Academy Award (2013), MacDowell Colony fellowship (2013), and Creative Capital fellowship (2012). She holds a BA in Media Studies and Studio Art from the University of Virginia (2005) and an MFA in Fine Art as well as Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts (2008).

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