HAILE GERIMA MOVIE Bush Mama joins the national film registry


Every year, 25 movies are added to the National Film Registry to be preserved for posterity by the Library of Congress. Intended to reflect the depth and breadth of American filmmaking, the selections always feature blockbuster titles intended to generate attention. The biggest one this year is Iron Man that launched Marvel Studios as an inescapable force in American popular culture in 2008.

“Bush Mama” which was presented by Gerima as his UCLA thesis film. The film follows a protagonist named Dorothy who, in living through poverty, unemployment, and the abuse of power by institutions, becomes radicalized to take action for herself. Gerima is now an independent filmmaker and professor of film at Howard University.

 Mardi Gras Carnival (1898)
 Cab Calloway Home Movies (1948-1951)
 Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
 Charade (1963)
 Scorpio Rising (1963)
 Behind Every Good Man (1967)
 Titicut Follies (1967)
 Mingus (1968)
 Manzanar (1971)
Betty Tells Her Story (1972)
 Super Fly (1972)
 Attica (1974)
 Carrie (1976)
 Union Maids (1976)
 Word is Out: Stories of Our Lives (1977)
Bush Mama (1979)
 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
 Itam Hakim, Hopiit (1984)
 Hairspray (1988)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
 Tongues Untied (1989)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
 House Party (1990)
 Iron Man (2008)
 Pariah (2011)


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