Revealing and funny film about a Congolese businessman whose trade in T-shirts runs into difficulty, leaving him stranded in Guangzhou.
Congolese entrepreneur Lebrun thinks that a trade in cheap shirts from China will help him achieve success in his country’s elections. But he ends up stranded in Guangzhou, and in this neon-lit metropolis he has to come up with a new plan if he is to return to Congo at all.
Swedish filmmaker and photographer Måns Månsson uses this tragicomical fiction to chart the new relationship between China and Africa. For Africans are relocating to South-East Asia in large numbers to start a new life. But the Chinese have a saying: ‘Fool the businessman, but don’t kill him.’ That leads to plenty of misunderstandings.
Watch the trailer here:
About Outdoor Cinema: migration
This summer Humanity House opens its terrace for a series of open-air films: Outdoor Cinema 2016! The theme this year is migration.
We are showing films and documentaries from all corners of the world about people who take the momentous decision to leave their homeland. Leaving a dangerous place, arriving in the land of their dreams, or stranded in a place where they don’t want to be at all: how do they relate to new and unknown surroundings, and to policies often aimed at keeping them out? Come to this special summer cinema series and step into the world of the migrant.
Why this film?
Programmer Carry: “This film offers insight into a migration route we rarely hear about any more, namely from Africa to China. Moreover, it deals with a form of migration we’re no longer so relaxed about in Europe: people who move temporarily to another country to make some money and then want to return home.”
Good to know
Director: Måns Månsson, Hongqi Li
Length: 77 minutes
Subtitles: English subtitles
Rain: If it rains we will screen the film in our (covered!) Genèva Room
Read more about the relationship between the Chinese and Africans here.
All films in the open air
28-07-16 Film: Stranded in Canton
03-08-16 Docu: The Tiniest Place
04-08-16 Film: Norteado
10-08-16 Docu: A World Not Ours
11-08-16 Film: Children of Men
17-08-16 Docu: They will have to kill us first
18-08-16 Film: Dheepan
24-08-16 Docu: Special Flight
25-08-16 Film: The Terminal