Bush League

A film by Cy Kuckenbaker


About The Film

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’s 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. Jacqueline, the head cheerleader, suspects her husband is cheating on her and is concerned he’ll give her HIV. Mlawa is a midfielder and an expectant father who’s gravely concerned about the infection growing on his leg. Each must face their individual challenges as the team battles to win the local championship..

Winner Best Feature Documentary New Jersey International Film Fest
Entertaining, educational and immersive pic scores as both a sports docu and an ethnographic study.
— Rob Nelson, Variety