Guangzhou Dream Factory
Directed by Christiane Badgley
Go to a market in Ghana and you can find stalls filled with Chinese goods, while in China it’s not uncommon to find marketplace vendors from Nigeria. The dream of striking it rich doing business with China has captured imaginations from Dakar to Nairobi. How much of this “Chinese dream” is accessible to the citizens of African countries? In the port city of Guangzhou, communities of ex-pats aim to make a living by exporting Chinese goods into their home countries.
The folks interviewed by filmmakers Christiane Badgley and Erica Marcus are trying to make their fortunes however they can. Some, like the suit king of Cameroon, Kingsley Azieh Che, are flourishing. But for every success story there is someone like Eva from Kenya, who paid thousands of dollars for a fraudulent work visa and is lucky just to fly back home broke and jobless. Each person reveals the story of the two sides of globalization: both the magnificent wealth to be made and the immigrants who follow it from country to country.
— Mordecai Stayton
Co-presented by: Asian Business League of San Francisco
Producer/Writer/Editor: Christiane Badgley
Producer: Erica Marcus