My White Baby (Me broni ba)

USA/Ghana 2008, Documentary, 22' | Director, Realization Akosua Adoma Owusu

In a hair salon in Kumasi, Ghana, women practice the art of plaiting hair on discarded white children's dolls that have found their way to Africa in the old clothes collections. A legacy of European colonialism: the white ideal of beauty.
Akosua Adoma Owusus formally sets very different materials against each other, ornately linking them up again with the story of a young girl who travels to the USA with her parents. There she finds a white girlfriend and now has what all children in Ghana dream of: her own, living white baby.


AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU is an award winning installation artist and independent film director. She was born 1984 to Ghanaian immigrant parents in Northern Virginia. Owusu worked for HBO Films. She is a MFA graduate at California Institute of the Arts and received her BA in Studio Art & Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus for the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.

Akosua Adoma Owusu
USA, Ghana
Documentary, Short Film