When Africa Met China showing at Bernie Grant Arts Centre

The film explores a complex economic relationship between China and Zambia

Examining recent political history, Tipping Point Film Fund presents “When China Met Africa”, a film by Marc and Nick Francis.

Former British colony Zambia now receives a great deal of investment from the Chinese. Why? Zambia has copper.

Mr. Liu with his wife, baby son, and a casual worker on his farm in Lusaka, Zambia

On the front line of China’s foray into Africa, the lives of a Chinese farmer, a road builder, and the Zambian Trade Minister reveal the expanding footprint of a rising global power.

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.

In northern Zambia, Mr. Li, a project manager for a multinational Chinese company is upgrading the country’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 on 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.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the directors and a selection of leading thinkers.

Nick Francis and Marc Francis are award-winning filmmakers whose films have been released throughout the world. Their first feature film “Black Gold”, a story about one man’s struggle to save his coffee farmers from bankruptcy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was released to critical acclaim worldwide changing the way millions of people and companies think about coffee.

Date: 27th October 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: £6/ £4
Venue: The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham, London N15 4RX
Tel: 0208 365 5450
Running time: 75mins. English subtitles.