Enock Alu, a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage, feels torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock, in his final year of school, has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan? 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 growing up between two cultures.
“Best South African Documentary” Durban International Film Festival
“Best International Documentary” in the International Panorama ‘A Window onto the Future’, section of the Visioni dal Mondo International Documentary Festival in Milan
Encounters Audience Award, 2019
Best Documentary, Knysna Film Festival, 2019
Best Documentary, Universal Martial Arts Festival, 2020
SAFTA Award, Best Documentary, 2020
SAFTA Award, Best Achievement in Directing a Documentary Feature, 2020