After winning an award at the Durban International Film Festival, Nicole Schafer‘s award-winning film, “Buddha in Africa” will automatically qualify for Oscar nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences.

The documentary that ran for 90 minutes is Nicole Schafer‘s first feature film and made its world premier at the HotDocs Documentary film festival in Canada back in April and has since gone on to make rounds at film festivals in Sydney, Cape Town, Johannesburg and is expected to show at the Hilton Arts Festival in September.

Speaking about the process, Nicole said: “The journey of making and completing a documentary can be a long and challenging process and it is very meaningful to have this affirmation and recognition here at home at the Durban International Film Festival, where we first pitched the project several years ago.”

The documentary is about a Malawian teenager that’s pulled in two ways by his African roots and his Chinese upbringing.

The executive producer of AfriDocs, Don Edkins said the story “…opens up discussions about contemporary Africa and the implications it holds for the young Africans who are caught in the clash between African and Chinese cultures.”

Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think about it.


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