Buddha in Africa

Saturday, February 29, at 4:15 pm in Fulford (S212)

DIRECTOR

Nicole Schafer

COUNTRY

South Africa / Sweden

RUNNING TIME

90 mins

YEAR

2019

LANGUAGE

English, Mandarin and Chichewa with English subtitles

ABOUT THE FILM

In a Buddhist orphanage in Malawi, a promising young man finds himself torn between two cultures. Enock Alu is one of 300 boys growing up in the Amitofo Care Centre – a Taiwanese nonprofit – where they learn Mandarin, are inculcated with foreign values within the strict discipline of the Confucian value system, and gradually become alienated from their African languages, culture and religion. Set against the disquieting expansion of China’s global influence, this insightful and subtle analysis of the imperial forces of cultural soft power was named Best Documentary Feature by the Youth Jury at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Advisory: some violence.

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