Buddha in Africa

South Africa/Sweden/Malawi 2019 – Director, Screenplay & Cinematography: Nicole Schafer – mand. OmeU – 90 minutes

“Buddha in Africa” portrays the lives of orphans who receive a strict Buddhist education in a Chinese boarding school in Malawi. They learn Kung Fu, Mandarin and eating with chopsticks. The 15-year-old Enock, once a star student at the boarding school, feels increasingly torn between two worlds. He is actually drawn back to the village where his grandmother and aunts live. However, he now speaks Mandarin better than his mother language. He has to decide between studying in Taiwan or in Malawi. A Chinese education could lead to a good job – in China or Africa. But would this also mean denying his Malawian origins?


“Buddha in Africa” documents current developments in the globalized world.