Buddha in africa

Buddha in africa

Nicole SCHAFER - South Africa


In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Set against China’s expanding influence on the continent, Buddha in Africa provides a unique insight into the forces of cultural soft power on the identity and imagination of an African boy and his school friends.

Film details

Gender : Documentary
Duration : 90 min
Year of production : 2019
Country : South Africa
Screenwriter : Nicole Schafer
Cinematography : Nicole Schafer
Editor : Mary Stephen - Bernhard Winkler – Catherine - Myburgh - Nicole Schafer
Director : Nicole SCHAFER
Production company : Production Thinking - Strings Media - Momento Film


Nicole Schafer is an independent documentary filmmaker from South Africa and founder of Thinking Strings Media based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Buddha in Africa is her first feature documentary, selected in Durban international film festival and HotDocs 2019.