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  • Actors: Chatwa Nyimbiri, Jacklyn Khunga, Jake Wilson, Mlawa Khunga
  • Directors: Cy Kuckenbaker
  • Producers: Cy Kuckenbaker, Gregory Wilson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q3GHFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bush League is a character-driven ethnographic survey of a tiny village in Northern Malawi. Intimate dramas unfold in the lives of four villagers who are all members of the local soccer team. Chatwa, the team captain, is an ambitious farmer who is in deep with the local bank but torrential rains are destroying his crops. Jake, an American Peace Corps volunteer who sponsors the team, is pushed to his limits when the politics of the game affect his school construction project. Jacklyn, the head cheerleader, suspects her husband of cheating on her and is concerned he'll give her HIV. Mlawa is a midfielder and an expectant father who is gravely concerned about the infection growing on his leg. Each must face individual challenges as the team battles to win the local championship..

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Ogara on June 24, 2012
Format: DVD
Bush League is a movie about international development wrapped in a movie about soccer, and much more besides. The film alternates easily between the practical challenges facing a small soccer team and a discussion of classic development challenges like getting community buy-in for a project that serves one group more than another. Should be required viewing by Peace Corps volunteers and USAID staffers. Some of the footage -- including the funeral of a five year old -- is riveting, and the discussion of HIV is masterful for its subtlety.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Greenagel Jr. on March 29, 2013
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I saw this film in the summer of 2011 and was so impressed that I spent a lot of energy to get this screened at Rutgers. "Bush League" is a character-driven documentary that follows a peace-corps worker, a soccer player, a farmer and a HIV activist. I think it is a brilliant film.

On November 17, 2011, over 50 Rutgers students & staff watched the 72 minute documentary at the Rutgers Student Center. After the viewing, the director, Cy Kuckenbaker, and the peace corps volunteer, Jake Wilson, spoke about the film and answered questions about their experiences in Africa for over 90 minutes.

Jake Wilson is from Lebanon Township, NJ. He met Cy in Lithuania, where they both served in the peace corps for two years. Cy got a masters in film after his tour was up; Jake signed up for a 2nd stint and ended up teaching in Malawi for three years. Jake currently lives in Camden, NJ, where he is a middle school teacher at a Charter School. He is enrolled in the MPA program at Rutgers-Camden.

Cy is a Fulbright Scholar who currently teaches film at a community college in California. He decided to make the film after visiting Jake in Malawi. He told the audience that, "Outside of a few politicians and dictators, I couldn't name any Africans. There are three narratives about Africa. The first narrative is about the natural beauty, the animals and the Serengeti. The second narrative is about darkness, disease, death and despair. The third narrative is a new one...it's about Africa as the good cause. I decided to make the movie because all of those narratives are wrong, in and of themselves."

Jake talked about how his support of a local soccer team made it difficult for him to build a school, and how he did a poor job navigating through the political world of the various town chiefs. He spoke of his friend that lived with him, and how he watched him slowly die from complications relating to AIDS.

You can learn more about Cy's work at cysfilm.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Greenagel Jr. on March 29, 2013
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I saw this film in the summer of 2011 and was so impressed that I spent a lot of energy to get this screened at Rutgers. "Bush League" is a character-driven documentary that follows a peace-corps worker, a soccer player, a farmer and a HIV activist. I think it is a brilliant film.

On November 17, 2011, over 50 Rutgers students & staff watched the 72 minute documentary at the Rutgers Student Center. After the viewing, the director, Cy Kuckenbaker, and the peace corps volunteer, Jake Wilson, spoke about the film and answered questions about their experiences in Africa for over 90 minutes.

Jake Wilson is from Lebanon Township, NJ. He met Cy in Lithuania, where they both served in the peace corps for two years. Cy got a masters in film after his tour was up; Jake signed up for a 2nd stint and ended up teaching in Malawi for three years. Jake currently lives in Camden, NJ, where he is a middle school teacher at a Charter School. He is enrolled in the MPA program at Rutgers-Camden.

Cy is a Fulbright Scholar who currently teaches film at a community college in California. He decided to make the film after visiting Jake in Malawi. He told the audience that, "Outside of a few politicians and dictators, I couldn't name any Africans. There are three narratives about Africa. The first narrative is about the natural beauty, the animals and the Serengeti. The second narrative is about darkness, disease, death and despair. The third narrative is a new one...it's about Africa as the good cause. I decided to make the movie because all of those narratives are wrong, in and of themselves."

Jake talked about how his support of a local soccer team made it difficult for him to build a school, and how he did a poor job navigating through the political world of the various town chiefs. He spoke of his friend that lived with him, and how he watched him slowly die from complications relating to AIDS.

You can learn more about Cy's work at cysfilm.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Barr on November 9, 2012
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I don't really know anything about Malawi (except that Madonna was there) but this movie gave me a sense of actually being there. It's not the usual depiction of Africa, this was something new.
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