BUDDHA IN AFRICA
Dir: Nicole Schafer. Starring: Enock Alu. 2019. 90 mins. South Africa / Sweden. Mandarin / Chichewa with English Subtitles.
Making waves in the international festival circuit, BUDDHA IN AFRICA is a moving observational documentary focused on the experiences of Enock Alu, who has been brought up in a Buddhist orphanage in Malawi. Enock is now at a crossroads; he must decide whether to return to his relatives in a rural village in Malawi or go to school in Taiwan. This is a captivating story of a young boy’s struggle of trying to hold on to his own culture in a context in which China is seeking to expand its soft power within Africa.