Buddha in Africa

  • Nicole Schafer
  • South Africa, Sweden
  • 2019
  • 93 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests
Enock Alu, a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage, feels torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock, in his final year of school, has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan? Set against China's expanding influence on the continent, Buddha in Africa provides a unique insight into the forces of cultural soft power on the identity and imagination of an African boy and his school friends growing up between two cultures.

Credits

Director
Nicole Schafer
Production
Don Edkins for Day Zero Film & Video, Nicole Schafer for Thinking Strings Media
Co-production
Momento Film, CAT&Docs

Contact

World Sales
Catherine Le Clef for CAT&Docs
Festival Handling
Maëlle Guenegues for CAT&Docs

More information

Available versions
52' & 90', DCP, color
Spoken languages
Mandarin
Chichewa
English

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IDFA history

2019
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
2017
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production
2013
Supported with €17000 for Classic: Production & postproduction
2012
Supported with €5000 for Classic: Development

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