Buddha in Africa

(Buddha in Africa)

The Amitofo Care Center (ACC), an orphanage in Malawi operated by the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, offers young people hope for the future in exchange for loyalty and obedience.

South African director Nicole Schafer’s documentary observes life in a Buddhist centre led by Master Hui Li, one of the missionaries who have brought Buddhism to Africa. The monks teach their wards kung fu, and require them to follow strict rules and live according to Buddhist standards. In return, they offer teens security and certainty, and even a university education abroad for the more talented. Are African children losing their identity and contact with the history of their families and nation in exchange for hope? This meeting of two cultures, of two very different groups of people, leads to misunderstandings and incomprehension, but also to strong relationships.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Nicole Schafer
South Africa, Sweden
2019 | 93 min.

Language: English, Mandarin

Subtitles: English

Category

Panorama

Director

Nicole Schafer

Filmography
2019 - Buddha in Africa

Nicole Schafer

Screenings

06. 03. 18:00 Atlas - Small Hall
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10. 03. 20:30 Municipal Library - Large Hall
DiscussionFilip Noubel, sinologist, translator and journalist - Global Voices
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14. 03. 12:00 Bio OKO
DiscussionFilip Noubel, sinologist, translator and journalist - Global Voices
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