Dream Empire

  • David Borenstein
  • Denmark
  • 2016
  • 73 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
Yana is a 24-year-old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her “Chinese Dream.” Drawn by the glamour and easy riches of China’s historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help Chinese real estate developers market their new developments. But this business takes a dubious turn as her foreigners are increasingly used in a surreal effort to turn remote rural ghost towns into “globalized booming cities” on the days that outside investors and political leaders visit.


  • 73 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Chinese
  • Subtitles in: English
David Borenstein
Jesper Jack for House of Real, Christian von der Recke for House of Real
Lars Skree, David Borenstein
Anders Villadsen, Christian Einshøj
Involved TV Channel
VPRO, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, WDR/ARTE, DR2, SVT, CBC

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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