Buddha in Africa

Directed by Nicole Schafer
2019
South Africa, Sweden
110 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The poignant story of a Malawian boy raised in a Buddhist orphanage, torn between his motherland and opportunity, as he struggles to retain his cultural identity.

Enock was just six years old when he was taken to a Confucian Buddhist orphanage and given the Chinese name Alu. Home to around 300 orphans, it's a rigorous environment with stringent Buddhist and Mandarin study, and Shaolin Kung Fu training. Enock/Alu becomes extremely proficient in acrobatics – a star performer for the orphanage's world-touring cultural activities. But now, almost 16, he has to make a choice: to reconnect with his African culture and language; or sign up for five years study in Taiwan. Schafer's impressive documentary raises questions about cultural indoctrination and the price of charity.

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Thu 6 June
2:20pm
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Thu 13 June
6:15pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
South Africa, Sweden
Language
In Mandarin Chinese and English with English subtitles
Director
Nicole Schafer
Producer
Nicole Schafer
Cinematographer
Nicole Schafer
Editor
Bernhard Winkler, Mary Stephen, Catherine Meyburgh
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Human Rights, Africa, Asia, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: Cat & Docs
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