by Nicole Schafer, South Africa/Sweden, 2019, 93’
Enock Alu is a Malawian teenager being raised in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage, who feels torn between his African roots and his Chinese upbringing. In his last year of school, dreaming of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Alu has to face some tough decisions about his future. Will he rejoin his relatives in his home village or will he go to study in Taiwan? In light of China’s increasing influence on the African continent, Buddha in Africa offers an extraordinary insight into the effects of cultural soft power on identity and on the ideas of an African youngster and his schoolmates as they are torn between two cultures.
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with Luca Jourdan (University of Bologna) and Antonella Ceccagno (University of Bologna)
“New Colonialism: Comparing Africa and China”