Showroom Classics: Bushman 12A

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This film was last shown on 18 July 2024

Truth is stranger than fiction in Bushman, a rare sort of film portrait, part document, part imagined - poetic in its approach to real events.

Directed by David Schickele, Bushman follows Gabriel (Paul Eyam Nzie Okpokam), a young Nigerian, living life in San Francisco. Lovestruck and culturally stranded he faces the harsh realities of the ‘60s.

Interwoven through his adventures in America are glances back to his African origins, and dualities of the political and racial mood of the US alongside the terrible and elusive Civil War in Nigeria.

Screenings of Bushman will be accompanied by a specially commissioned short poetry film by Olivia Douglass.


David Schickele
1 hour 13 minutes
Elaine Featherstone, Mike Slye, Paul Eyam Nzie Okpokam


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