When China met Africa

A film by Marc and Nick Francis


The Times logo

This documentary explores the burgeoning economic relationship between China and Zambia. It's shot with an acute eye for the discomfort of discordant cultures co-existing. What's interesting here is that you feel this story is only just beginning.

The Guardian

An eye-opening documentary that puts into concrete images that truism of the geo-political commentariat: that China is a new economic superpower.

The Independent

Cutting between the political and working classes in Zambia, where Chinese companies have been given government contracts and encouraged to invest, this fascinating British made, fly-on-the-wall documentary investigate the impact of international trade agreements on ordinary people, and oftentimes awkward clash of cultures in a globalised economy.

Empire logo

A movie that will become increasingly important the more the world tilts in China's favour.

Total Film logo

A fascinating doc which raises big questions about the global balance of power

The Daily Telegraph logo

Never telling you what to think, it’s a balanced but troubling illustration of our shifting world order.

The Epoch times logo

Their stories unfold compellingly and intimately.

Financial Times logo

A dark, quiet, damning documentary looking at China's determined expansion into Africa (here Zambia) through the lives of a Chinese farmer, a road builder, and the Zambian trade minister. When in 1999 China announced its "go global" policy it had Africa very much in mind, and specifically the raw materials that go into the construction of our electrical equipment. A creeping, alarming account of exploitation as well as a study into the psychology of colonialism.

Metro logo

A welcome corrective to western biased reporting of world events.

The Skinny logo

As the West’s influence falls into the shadow of an Eastern dawn, the Francis brothers offer us a unique insight into a hidden corner of the present and an insightful glimpse of an emerging world order.