Bush Mama

The fourth in the ongoing series of the Chicago screenings of the L.A. Rebellion touring film series will continue on Thursday May 9 with a screening of Haile Gerima’s powerful 1979 film Bush Mama.

The film, which stars Barbara O. Jones, was made by Gerima (Sankofa, Teza, Adwa) as his thesis project when he was a graduate film student at UCLA; one of the cinematographers on the project was future film director Charles Burnett, whose film, My Brother’s Wedding, was screened last week.

The film deals with a young wife who increasingly becomes radicalized by the obstacles she faces when her Army veteran husband is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. The film was inspired by Gerima’s own developing radicalism from his experiences, and the racism he encountered when he came to the U.S. from his native Ethiopia.

And the filmmaker himself will be in attendance for the screening of the film.

The screening starts at 7PM and will take place at the Logan Center of the Arts Screening Room 201, located on the University of Chicago campus, at 915 E. 60th St.

And as she did last week with Charles Burnett, Northwestern University professor and curator of the L.A. Rebellion film series, Jacqueline Stewart, will introduce the film, and conduct a Q and A with Gerima afterward.

The series, so far, has been extremely popular, and attendance has been great, so make sure to get your FREE tickets ASAP.  But you must RSVP right HERE.