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Projects On Africa-China Trade + Racial Warfare Selected By Swedish Film Institute For Funding

by Natasha Greeves
June 21, 2013 12:30 PM
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Chocolate City. Photo: Mampasi AB

The Swedish Film Institute today announced 8 international co-productions and documentaries, that will benefit from the Institutes latest support package of €600,000 ($789,000).

Amongst the 8 are two projects that S&A readers will want to know about:

1 - First is Chocolate City from directors Måns Månsson and Li Hongqui.

The documentary received about $30,000 from the fund and its synopsis follows:

Every year tens of thousands of African supercargoes meet in Canton, China, to tie up business transactions with the local manufacturing industry. We follow businessman Lebrun on his quest for the deal that will take him home to the Congo.

It sounds like a film that will touch on Africa–China mutually beneficial socioeconomic relations between these two major parts of the world. Africa–China relations are already a topic of intense discussion, some of it we've covered on S&A.

2 - Second is White God from director Kornél Mundruczó.

The drama received $105,000 from the Institute. Here's its synopsis:

White God is a story about racial warfare, ethnic cleansing. We live in a world where some are chosen, others rejected. Origin defines your future. This is not an unfamiliar theme, history has repeated itself over and over. But can it ever stop?

It definitely sounds interesting although I couldn't find much other information about it and so can't tell you more about what angle the filmmaker plans to take, and expand on the story. But the conversation about ethnic cleansing is one that people of African descent have been a part of and will definitely be interested in seeing explored in a fictional film.

As we learn more about each project we'll post updates.

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  • Ava | June 27, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    These are very interesting and timely films especially in light of what economists like Dambiso Moyo have been writing and talking about for years now. Although there is now a new Chapter in this Sino-African trade and investment saga. I don't know whether anyone has been reading about the incident in Ghana where several dozen Chinese miners were apprehended and deported from the country. The Ghanian government claimed that these independent miners were illegally mining and violating environmental laws, while the Chinese miners have claimed that they were hunted, apprehended and abused. Details of the situation are still unfolding with many of those miners now repatriated and complaining that the Chinese government did nothing to help them and many Ghanians complaining that the Chinese feel as if their money has given them the right to disrespect local laws and people.
    There are pockets of successful investment and trade but there have also been some problems in relations.

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