Buddha in Africa

Cape Town International Film Festival & Market – won combined prize for Works in Progress and Screenwriters Guild Pitch competition

Durban Film Mart 2011 - IDFA Most Promising Documentary Award

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 China? 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.


Nicole Schafer Director
Guest: Nicole SchaferNicole Schafer (Writer, Director, Producer & Cinematography) “Buddha in Africa” has been many years in the making by first-time South-African director Nicole Schafer (1980). Nicole has lived in Malawi where she produced award-winning stories for Reuters pan-African magazine show Africa Journal. Nicole is the founder of Thinking Strings Media, based…

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SA Premiere Festival Guest African Feature
Cape Town
Thu 6 June / 7pm Invite Only
Mon 10 June / 8.45pm + Q&A
Fri 14 June / 6.30pm
Sun 16 June / 5.30pm
Nicole Schafer
South Africa, Sweden, Malawi
90 minutes
Chichewa, Chewa, Nyanja, Chinese