Tony Buba Washing Walls with Mrs. G. (1980)

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Tony Buba Washing Walls with Mrs. G. (1980)

A cinematic chronicler of blue-collar life in his hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Tony Buba trains his documentary lens on the washing of his 87-year-old grandmother’s kitchen walls, an annual ritual. While the filmmaker works diligently and mostly out of sight of the camera, his grandmother anchors the piece, recounting stories of her immigration from Italy in the 1940s, her first impressions of the United States, and her endearing love of Braddock. (6 mins., 16mm film transferred to video)

Buba joins us on Sat, Oct 21, to screen his prescient 1988 doc Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy as part of our new Unorthodocs. festival. Click here for a complete schedule.

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