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March 8 @ 1:15 pm

Playing in the CCA Studio

This month’s installment in CCA’s Auteur Series: David Schickele’s BUSHMAN (1971, new 4K restoration).

ONE WEEK ONLY! Mar 8-14: Playing daily at 1:15pm, 8:00pm (no screenings Monday and Tuesday)

Bushman (1971 / 2023, 74 mins, 35mm, B&W, 2K DCP projection)

In 1968, Peace Corps veteran David Schickele enlisted his friend Paul Eyam Nzie Okpokam to star in a light-hearted comedy about the adventures of a young Nigerian intellectual in San Francisco. Using a docu-fictional style reminiscent of Cassavetes’ Shadows, the film observes the foibles of late 1960s African-American culture with an outsider’s incisive eye.

The result is a vibrant snapshot of the nation’s racial politics, from interracial romance to cross-cultural misunderstandings and countercultural joy. The film morphs into a documentary when the director’s voice abruptly intrudes to narrate its star’s enraging fate: Okpokam was accused of a crime he did not commit and was thrown in prison before being expelled from the country.

Described as a critical piece of Black representation in American cinema, Bushman has been restored in 4K and is now available for the first time in almost 30 years!

“Critic’s Pick! A film of and ahead of its time” – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“Dazzling…Bursting with passion, sly humor, satirical swipes and the inescapable heartbeat of insurgency” – Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

 An example of cinema’s ability to encode little packages of explosive revelation into its fabric… just waiting for the next viewer to trigger another real-time detonation.” – Jessica Kiang, Film Comment

Director/writer: David Schickele
Features: Paul Eyam Nzie Okpokam, Mike Skye, Elaine Featherstone
Run time: 1 hr. 13 min.
Film: Drama
Language: English

Bushman has been restored by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Peter Conheim, Cinema Preservation Alliance.

CCA’s Auteur Series presents works by filmmakers who are widely respected around the world and exhibit a distinctly unique vision, but whose works often exists on the margins of the industry. CCA is uniquely poised to present these types of films, since it has a long history of showcasing challenging, daring new voices in the field.


Note: Tickets are only $3.00 for EBT cardholders

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