Bullfrog Films
When China Met Africa
film directors to tour the US in early Spring 2012

Award-winning British filmmakers Marc Francis and Nick Francis will tour the US from from March 26 to April 6 and will be available to present When China Met Africa in person. This film was described by The Times of London as "a rare grass roots view into one of the most important economic challenges of our age." The brothers are known for making the popular film BLACK GOLD (film about coffee.)

During their two years of research and production in the field, the directors gained unprecedented access to the Chinese community and the Zambian government. They will share fascinating insights and anecdotes as well as providing a different perspective on understanding China's foray into Africa.

To find out more information or to book a special event with the directors please email enquiries@speak-it.org.

WHEN CHINA MET AFRICA "A rare, grass-roots view into one of the most important economic challenges of our age."
The Times

75 and 60 minutes • DVD
SDH Captioned
Grades 10-12, College, Adult
Directed by Nick Francis and Marc Francis
Produced by Speak-It Productions & ZETA Productions

A historic gathering of over 50 African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia where the lives of three characters unfold. Mr. Liu is one of thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs who have settled across the continent in search of new opportunities. He has just bought his fourth farm and business is booming. WHEN CHINA MET AFRICA

In northern Zambia, Mr. Li, a project manager for a multinational Chinese company, is upgrading Zambia's longest road. Pressure to complete the road on time intensifies when funds from the Zambian government start running out.

Meanwhile Zambia's Trade Minister is en route to China to secure millions of dollars of investment.

Through the intimate portrayal of these characters, the expanding footprint of a rising global power is laid bare - pointing to a radically different future, not just for Africa, but also for the world.

View the trailer here.

SPECIAL FEATURES: DVD features include two versions of the film, 75 and 60 minutes, SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.

SUBJECT AREAS: Activism, African Studies, Agriculture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Capitalism, China, Colonialism, Developing World, Economics, Geography, Globalization, International Studies, International Trade, Race and Racism, Sociology, Technology

Free previews available for purchase evaluation
for institutional media collections.

"An intriguing ground-level look at the effects of Chinese investment in one African country - Zambia."
- The Independent

"Remarkable. A compelling, unsentimental and very honest portrait of an encounter between two continents pulled together by profits and politics. The filmmakers had extraordinary access to their three central characters, and the trust they obviously built is never betrayed...Viewers will have no difficulty following these multi-layered dramas--at once ordinary and powerful...The film will work equally well for workshops or university classes addressing challenges of globalization, the clash of cultures, social justice, migration, poverty, or third world development. The format lends itself exceptionally well to discussions: viewers will find they each saw something different. Intimate, moving and very real."
- Professor Deborah Bräutigam, School of International Service, American University, Author, The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

"A gritty, vivid picture of the new Chinese presence in Africa, from the pompous officials negotiating deals, to the dedicated engineers trying to build roads, to the hardscrabble immigrant Chinese farmer struggling to tame the land and motivate and pay his local workers. It is a new relationship, full of both hope and suspicion, common interest and cultural friction. Driven by economic need, the two sides struggle to bridge the huge gaps between them."
- Andrew J. Nathan, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, Author, The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress


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