Dir. Nicole Schafer (South Africa,Sweden, 2019) 110 min / Rated PG 13
In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, the film follows Enock Alu, a Malawain teenage from a rural village growing up between the contrasting worlds of his traditional African culture and the strict discipline of the Confucian, Buddhist value system of the Chinese. Once the start performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li , Enock, in his final year at school, has to make some touch decisions about his future and finds himself torn between returning to his relatives in the village or going abroad to study in Taiwan. Against the backdrop of China’s global rise and influence in Africa, the film is a subtle exploration of the forces of cultural soft power on the identity and imagination of an African boy and his school friends growing up between two cultures.
Nicole Schafer (South Africa, 1980) is an independent documentary filmmaker & the director of Thinking Strings Media, based in the KwaZulu Natal midlands. Nicole has skills as a documentary producer, director, researcher, production coordinator, camerawoman and editor. She has experience on both local and international film and television shoots. Some of her production credits include Lonely Planet’s travel show “Six Degrees” and “Sport Traveller” broadcast on Discovery, “Last House on the Left” produced by FILM AFRIKA/UNIVERSAL and “Doomsday” produced by MOONLIGHTING/UNIVERSAL.