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Directed by David Schickele

Release: 1971
Runtime: 74
Country: United States
Language: English

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.

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. A Milestone Films & Video and Kino Lorber Release.

Digital Picture Restoration: Illuminate Hollywood. Color Grading: Andrew Drapkin. Sound Restoration and Transfers: John Polito, Audio Mechanics. Optical Track Negative: Simon Daniel Sound. Film Laboratory: Fotokem Restoration. Remastering supervised by Ross Lipman, Corpus Fluxus in consultation with Antonella Bonfanti and Jon Shibata, BAMPFA.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Color: B&W


Venue City Date
AFI Silver Silver Spring 1714708800May 3 - May 9, 2024
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1709442000March 3 - March 12, 2024
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1706850000February 2 - February 15, 2024
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) Berkeley 1706936400February 3 - February 24, 2024
Black Image Center Culver City 1708750800February 24, 2024
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1707454800February 9 - February 11, 2024
Campus Theatre Lewisburg 1705381200January 16, 2024
Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe Santa Fe 1709874000March 8, 2024
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1715659200May 14, 2024
Lightbox Film Center Philadelphia 1709269200March 1, 2024
MoMA New York 1705294800January 15, 2024
MSP Film Society Minneapolis 1707973200February 15 - February 17, 2024
National Gallery of Art Washington 1707627600February 11, 2024
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1710302400March 13 - March 17, 2024
The Cinematheque Vancouver 1709787600March 7 - March 17, 2024
TIFF Lightbox Toronto 1706936400February 3, 2024