When China met Africa

Marc J. Francis and Nick Francis

Writers, Directors, and Producers

Nick Francis and Marc Francis are award-winning filmmakers whose films have been released throughout the world. Chosen by Harper’s Bazaar magazine as one of their "Forty under 40; the household names of the future", and named by the Observer newspaper as one of Britain’s "Rising Stars" – 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 his coffee farmers from bankruptcy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was released to critical acclaim worldwide changing the way millions of people and companies think about coffee.

Their most recent film, 'When China Met Africa,' is a multi-broadcast project involving BBC Storyville, Arte France, and the Sundance Institute, CNC and the EU Media Fund. The film has also played at international film festivals including Rotterdam, Munich, Goteburg and at the Margaret Mead Festival in New York, where it won best film.

The Francis brothers are the co-founders of the London based film company, Speakit Films and are currently in development on a number of non-fiction films and cross-platform projects.

Miriana Bojic Walter

Executive Producer

Miriana Bojic Walter is the founder and head of the Paris based production company, Zeta Productions which specialises in feature length documentaries for television and cinema, and produces ambitious projects with European talented directors and international broadcasters including; Arte France, BBC Storyville, YLE ,NRK, SVT, TSR ,VPRO , SBS and Sundance.

Hugh Williams


Hugh Williams is a London based editor with over 20 years experience in film and television. In recent years he has completed a number of award winning feature length films for both cinema and television, the most widely known is 'Black Gold', which premiered at Sundance before an international theatrical and television release. Hugh's documentary work also includes films for the BBC Storyville strand, 'The Undertaking' and 'White King, Red Rubber, Black Death', as well as 'When China Met Africa'.  Other films include, 'The Trial' and 'Lost Expedition' (Irish Film Board), 'After the Apocalypse' (True Stories), 'The Last Thakur' (Artificial Eye & C4). Hugh is currently editing 'iLL Manors', Ben Drew, aka Plan B's debut feature, planned for cinema release in 2012.

Florencia Di Concilio


Composer and pianist Florencia Di Concilio has scored more than 20 feature and documentary films, as well a widely composing for ensembles and orchestras throughout the world. She has worked with acclaimed directors such as Gonzalo Arijon, Angus Macqueen, Marc and Nick Francis, and Peter Wintonick. Florencia's music has been commercially released by Milan/Universal and praised by Variety, New York and the L.A. Times.

Kook Ewo


Kook Ewo, began his career in photography and then went on to direct his first short film '7' in 2000. Based in Paris and working for TF1,  Metropolitan films and Yeast Films he developed his work to specialize in opening movie credits. In 2005, he worked with Christophe Gans on the movie 'Silent Hill' creating the opening credits and the first official teaser and directed 'Black Night is falling' as well as several commercials. More recently, he created the opening credits for SPLICE (Vincenzo Natali), Solomon Kane (M.J. Bassett), Gardiens de l'ordre (N. Boukhrief), La Horde (Y. Dahan, B. Rocher), 30 Beat (A. Lloyd),  Red Nights (J. Carbon, L. Courtiaud), The Divide (X. Gens).

Kook Ewo now belongs to the new generation of opening credit directors and is working on his first feature film.

Solange Chatelard

Production  Assistant – Zambia

Solange Guo Chatelard is Chinese and French and grew up in the UK. Having been educated at the French Lycée in London and at the London School of Economics, she is now a PhD candidate at the Sciences Po in Paris and an associate researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany where she is focusing on the Chinese in Zambia.

Since working on 'When China Met Africa', Solange has continued to develop her research on the Chinese in Zambia and has spent more than twelve months conducting fieldwork in Africa and China from 2008- 2011.  Aside from her research she is currently working on a variety of initiatives that foster understanding and dialogue between China, Africa and the western world.