Friday Night Film Series: BUSH MAMA
(dir. Haile Gerima, 1975, 97 min)
Featuring the magnetic Barbara O. Jones as Dorothy, a pregnant welfare recipient in Watts, Bush Mama blends narrative fiction, documentary, and surrealism to create an unrelenting and powerfully moving look at the realities of inner city poverty and systemic disenfranchisement of African Americans. The film explores the different forces that act on Dorothy in her daily dealings with the welfare office and social workers as she is subjected to the oppressive cacophony of state-sponsored terrorism against the poor, as well as her awakening political consciousness and assumption of her own self-worth. An unflinching critique of the surveillance state and police power, Bush Mama opens with actual footage of the LAPD harassing Gerima and his crew during the shooting.
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 5:00pm