Tuesday, April 4, 2017 / 5:45-8:30 PM / 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
Join us at Holy Names University of Oakland for the opening night of the 15th annual Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF)! Enjoy a great film, stimulating conversation with filmmakers, and networking reception with live music. This opening night program is presented by the Oakland Film Society and the HNU Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute's flagship public affairs forum, the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series.
Guangzhou Dream Factory
A documentary film by Christiane Badgley and Erica Marcus
Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today the booming metropolis of 14 million is the Mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou where they buy goods to sell back in Africa. Over time, some have chosen to stay, and for these Africans China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it?
Guangzhou Dream Factory weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling exploration of 21st century global capitalism. Following a filmmaker’s journey from Ghana to China and back to Africa, Guangzhou Dream Factory provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.
“Guangzhou Dream Factory offers an accessible, yet nuanced and complex, view into the dynamic lives of entrepreneurial Africans living in China. The insightful narrative and the great selection of subjects make this film a uniquely engaging portrayal of ongoing global transformations. A must-see documentary dispelling outdated stereotypes of hopeless and helpless Africans.”
– Roberto Castillo, African Studies, The University of Hong Kong
5:45-7:00 Introduction & Film Screening
7:00-7:30 Panel Discussion / Audience Q&A
7:30-8:30 Live music & networking reception
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Holy Names University (HNU) is located at 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619. This event will be held in the HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA). Click on the following links for driving directions and a campus map (VCPA is marked "D" on the map). Please note that on-campus parking is limited. Additional parking is available outside the campus gate, along Mountain Boulevard.
This program is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University in partnership with the Oakland Film Society—and is made possible by generous support from the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.