FS09
Guangzhou Dream Factory (2016)

Convenors:
Heidi Ostbo Haugen (University of Oslo)
Chair:
Heidi Østbø Haugen, University of Oslo
Discussant:
Christiane Badgley (Long Beach), Guive Khan Mohammad (University of Geneva)
Stream:
Films
Location:
NBCAV
Start time:
1 July, 2017 at 12:15
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Christiane Badgley, USA, China, Ghana (65 min) Independent Production English, Chinese, French (English subtitles) Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams…GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY weaves stories of Africans chasing their alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a provocative critique of 21st century global capitalism. Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern Chinas booming commercial center. A mecca of mass consumption, the city’s vast international trading centers attract more than half a million Africans each year. Most are doing business in China to buy goods they’ll sell back in Africa. But some choose to stay, and for these Africans China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it? Featuring a dynamic cast of men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.

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