My White Baby

  • Ghana
  • United States

Curly or straight? Beauty ideals may change, but luckily there is still lots of hair around. That much we know, but the question is: who dictates the whims of fashion - and what can these whims tell us? Ghanaian haute coiffure, for example, is an artistic discipline that has traditionally required many hands, technical finesse and white toy dolls from the west to practice on - and to mirror oneself in. 'My White Baby' remixes the traditional anthropological documentary (including the classic story about Euro-colonialism) to a mad and inventive fusion of both forms and formats. Akosua Adoma Owusu replaces the genre's authoritative voice-over with old radio adverts and choir songs, and sends it all back from where it came from. Curly, cunningly political and 'based on a true story'.

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