DOCUMENTARY

BUDDHA IN AFRICA (2019)

HD Documentary: 93 min Feature/ 52 min Broadcast 

Thinking Strings Media & Momento Film (South Africa/Sweden) 

International Sales: CAT & Docs

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.

AWARDS

  •  “Best South African Documentary” Durban International Film Festival, 2019

  • “Best International Documentary” Visioni dal Mondo International Documentary Festival, 2019

  • “Best Documentary” Knysna Film Festival, 2019

  • Winner -  Chicago International Children’s Festival, 2019

  • NHK Japan Prize – International Contest for Educational Media, 2019

  • Audience Award Encounters, 2019

  • Best Documentary – Universal Martial Arts Festival 2020

  • Best Documentary Feature – SAFTAs 14th Annual Awards, 2020

  • Best Achievement in Directing a Documentary Feature – SAFTAs 14th Annual Awards

  • DocuDays UA “Rights Now” Special Mention, 2020


FESTIVALS

World Premiere - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2019

Opening Night - Encounters South African Documentary Festival, 2019

Opening Night – Afrika Days Munich, 2019

Durban International Film Festival, 2019

Sydney International Film Festival, 2019

International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, 2019

Verzio Film Festival, 2019

Visioni dal Mondo – Images from Reality, 2019

Vancouver International Film Festival, 2019

Cambridge African Film Festival, 2019

Unicef Innocenti Film Festival Florence, 2019

Chicago International Children’s Festival, 2019

JCC Carthage Film Festival, 2019

AFRIFF, Lagos, 2019

Hilton Arts Festival, 2019

Knysna Film Festival, 2019

Bristol Film Festival, 2019

Preambulo – Costa Rica, 2019

Afrika Filmfestival Belgium, 2019

Belize International Film Festival, 2019

Salt Spring Film Festival, 2019

Enfances dans le monde, France 2019

Bergren International Film Festival, Norway, 2019

Film from the South, Norway 2019

Afrika Eye Festival, UK, 2019

Jerusalem Anthropological Film, 2019

DocHouse London, 2020

Black Movie Festival Switzerland, 2020

Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, 2020

Docudays, UA, 2020

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, 2020

Tarifa African Film Festival, Spain, 2020

One World International Film Festival, Czech republic, 2020

DocPoint Talin, Estonia, 2020

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film, 2020

Sydney South African Film Festival, 2020

China Documentary Film Festival, 2020

IceDocs – Iceland Documentary Film, 2020

Moscow International Film Festival, 2020

EIDF, South Korea

AFI Silver New African Film Festival

Tempo Documentary Festival, Sweden, 2020

 

KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa

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