Film and Cinema

South African Documentary To Be Showcased At Hot Docs Film Festival In Canada

The feature documentary, Buddha in Africa, created by South African filmmaker, Nicole Schafer, has been chosen for its world premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Festival taking place from 25 April to 5 May.

The film will be presented in the International Spectrum programme.
The winner of the Hot Docs Best International Feature Documentary Award will automatically qualify for consideration for an Oscar Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

Buddha in Africa follows the story of a teenager who is growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Malawi and the difficulties he faces when trying to deal with his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Against the backdrop of China’s international rise, the film offers a unique insight into Chinese soft power in Africa.

The project has already received many prestigious awards including the IDFA Most Promising Documentary Award. It has also received funding from international organisations such as the IDFA Bertha Europe Fund in the Netherlands, Chicken & Egg Pictures in New York, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Doc Fund and the Alter Cine Foundation in Canada.

The film is an international co-production between Momento Film in Sweden and Thinking Strings Media in South Africa. The highly-acclaimed Paris-based company CAT & Docs will represent the film internationally.

The writer and director of the documentary, Nicole Schafer said that Buddha in Africa offers new insight into China’s presence in Africa through the events that take place at the Buddhist temple Amitofo Care Centre in Malawi.

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