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“Don’t Mess with My Kitchen” highlights the different ways young Ghanaian-American women navigate domestic spaces. Using the kitchen as a case study on belonging and self-ownership, it focuses on a particular household, the women in that household, and the complex relationships they have with the kitchen, and each other. By juxtaposing generational narratives of cooking with new styles of experimentation, the documentary makes room for questions: Who do first-generation Ghanaian-American women credit with teaching them how to cook? Where do they feel safest cooking? How do they approach the kitchen? What do they survive, and what do they leave behind?

Columbus, OH, USA
Claudia Owusu is a Ghanaian Writer and Filmmaker based in Columbus, Ohio. She writes from these two liminal spaces, internally and externally, trying to make sense of them. She believes in the beauty of community and the intimate stories we share when we think no one is listening. Her writing has appeared in Vogue Magazine, Clockhouse, Quiz & Quill Literary Magazine, Wusgood.black, 20.35 African Contemporary Poetry, and Ohio’s Best Emerging Poets 2017 and 2018. Her short films have screened at the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, Ohio Shorts Film Festival, and the No Evil Eye Micro Cinema. more...

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