CGD is pleased to announce the first screening of
its annual summer film series, Global Development Matters. The 2012
series will commence on June 20 with a screening of "When China Met
Africa." The film portrays the expanding footprint
of a rising global power through the stories of three characters:
Zambia’s trade minister, Felix Mutati; a Chinese farm-owner; and a
project manager for a Chinese multinational company. The film explores
the daily dependency and friction between the characters
and points to a radically different future, not just for Africa, but
also for the world.
Nick Francis and his brother, Marc Francis, are award-winning filmmakers
and the co-founders of the London based film company, 'Speak-it.' Their
work deconstructs contemporary global issues into relevant and engaging
stories for international audiences. Their
first feature film "Black Gold", a story about one man’s struggle to
save 74,000 coffee farmers from bankruptcy, was released to critical
acclaim worldwide changing the way millions of people and companies
think about coffee. "When China Met Africa" is their
most recent film.
Deborah Brautigam is an expert in China-Africa relations and author of the book,
The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa.