Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams.....GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY is a documentary film by Christiane Badgley and Erica Marcus released in 2017. The film weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. 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.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with producer and director Christiane Badgley, the discussion will be moderated by Cobus van Staden, China-Africa specialist at SAIIA and host of the China in Africa Podcast.
Chritiane Badgley will be appearing at the Africa-China Journalists Forum and Photo Exhibition at Wits on November 1 2018.
Christiane Badgley is a director and editor of award-winning documentaries and multimedia work. Christiane began her career in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was a frequent collaborator of acclaimed African American director, Marlon Riggs (she worked with him until his death in 1994, completing his last film, Black Is…Black Ain’t, posthumously).
Christiane first worked in Ghana more than 25 years ago and has continued working on projects in Africa and with prominent African directors since that time. In recent years Christiane has focused her attention on the extractive industries and controversial U.S. investments in West and Central Africa, writing and producing film and new media work for multiple broadcast and online outlets.