Recent events in the United States and across the globe – notably #BlackLivesMatter – have brought focus to one very essential question: Is race and racial injustice truly a thing of the past?
That’s what makes ‘Bus Nut’ timely.
“The other passengers there reluctantly gave up their seats
– but I refused to do so.”
In the 7-minute film, produced by Obibini Pictures, award-winning Ghanaian-American filmmaker and arts activist Akosua Adoma Owusu teams up with compatriot MaameYaa Boafo of “An African City” to capture the story of the 1950s African-American civil activist often referred to as the “mother of the freedom movement”: Rosa Parks.
Set against the backdrop of grainy film and a public school bus, the experimental short presents the events of December 1, 1955 in a minimalist, but powerful apposition: Parks’ narration of her refusal to give up her seat for a white passenger, and that of a young black girl who aspires to be a bus driver.
The sixth short film from the acclaimed contemporary filmmaker who was recently named Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Bus Nut is already turning heads: it is up for awards at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Awards and Germany’s International Short Film Oberhausen, where it will also premier.
The film will also show during the New York African Film Festival, with an introduction by Boafo on May 12.
San Francisco International Film Festival (California Premiere)
San Francisco, California
April 26th, 2015, 6:45 p.m.
International Short Film Oberhausen (International Premiere)
Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 8 p.m
New York African Film Festival (New York Premiere)
Tuesday, May 12th, 6:00pm (Introduction by MaameYaa Boafo and Nova Scott-James)
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.