Church of Film presents Bush Mama

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Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema programmed and hosted by local cinephile Muriel Lucas.

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Other locations include Century Bar on Sandy Boulevard and the Psychic Bar on Mississippi Avenue. Check the CofF Facebook page for more information about other screenings.

Church of Film presents Bush Mama


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LA Rebellion director Haile Gerima’s explosive, controversial masterpiece BUSH MAMA is an uncompromising tale of the American abyss and radical force, shot on the streets of Los Angeles in the late 70s. (CW: racist police violence, sexual violence, abuse of minor) 

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bush mama
Haile Gerima
United States
97 minutes

Dorothy struggles to raise her daughter in a despairing and hopeless post-Watts LA. Her husband returns from Vietnam only to be arrested and imprisoned on false charges, the welfare board controls her life, and there is no escape from dire poverty. Gradually she comes to question her circumstance, and those around her who accept it, and she connects her struggle with the police and prison system her husband endures.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds.