Meet our Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) for this week, trailblazing Ghanaian American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu whose latest film On Monday of Last Week based on a short story by Chimamanda Adichie has been nominated for Best Short Film from the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
Her film is one of eight nominated. The AMAA nominations were announced May 16th and the forthcoming event date is July 15th in Lagos, Nigeria. In the same category are movies from Nigeria, Senegal, Angola and Rwanda.
The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) established in 2005, is a subsidiary of the Africa Film Academy. The Academy, founded on the best film tradition is geared towards research, training and propagating film-making in Africa. It is considered as the most prestigious award in Africa, showcasing and rewarding great talents in the film industry.
According to Akosua Adoma’s website, her films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and micro-cinemas since 2005. Named by Indiewire as one of the 6 Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, and one of The Huffington Post‘s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.
When asked about the film’s nomination, Owusu said that she was “humbled and grateful for the opportunity to translate Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story onto film.”
“My previous films have been inspired by folk stories,” she added, “so I was honoured to adapt this compelling work of literature from a contemporary African writer and render it in my film style. Adichie’s short story is very much in line with themes I’ve explored in previous works – especially ideas of conventional beauty and identity.”
On Monday of Last Week tells the complicated story of a Nigerian woman named Kamara, who is hired by Neil and his wife, Tracy, an artist, to help care for their young child. Kamara soon realizes that she wants to be Tracy’s muse, and begins to question her pre-conceived notions of identity, attraction and beauty.
It is is directed and produced by Owusu and Obibini Pictures, LLC – a company that has produced award-winning films including “Kwaku Ananse,” which won the 2013 African Movie Academy Award for Best Short Film. Upcoming feature productions include “Black Sunshine” and “Save the Rex” a part-real life, part-fictionalized feature film about Owusu’s campaign to restore Accra’s historic Rex cinema.
The internationally acclaimed cast of On Monday of Last Week includes Chinasa Ogbuagu (“The Following”), Karyn Parsons (best remembered for her role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), Peter Rini (“Orange is the New Black”), Jill Shackner (“The Americans”), and Farouk James Prempeh, who is making his acting debut.
Celebrated Ghanaian rapper, M.anifest, scored the film production with frequent collaborator Drvmroll and Grammy-nominated French duo Les Nubians composed original music for the On Monday of Last Week soundtrack.