Guangzhou Dream Factory. Screening and Q&A with director.


October 1


06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

Event Category:

Film screening

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Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School


63 5th Ave

THE NEW SCHOOL. University Center Starr Foundation Hall, UL102, New York, NY 10003

New York, NY, US, 10003


A film and performance series presented by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. 


The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility is pleased to invite you to the launching event of the Fall Performance in Motion Film Series, led by Zolberg Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows Julia Morris and Samantha Fox. The screening “Guangzhou Dream Factory” will be followed by a conversation with the director Christiane Badgley.


Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams…Guangzhou Dream Factory weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism.

Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s booming commercial center. A mecca of mass consumption, the city’s vast international trading centers attract more than half a million Africans each year. Most are doing business – in China to buy goods they’ll sell back in Africa. But some choose to stay, and for these Africans China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it?

Featuring a dynamic cast of men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, Guangzhou Dream Factory provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.

About the director

Christiane Badgley is a director and editor of award-winning documentaries and multimedia work. Christiane began her career in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was a frequent collaborator of acclaimed African American director, Marlon Riggs (she worked with him until his death in 1994, completing his last film, Black Is…Black Ain’t, posthumously).

Christiane first worked in Ghana more than 25 years ago and has continued working on projects in Africa and with prominent African directors since that time. In recent years Christiane has focused her attention on the extractive industries and controversial U.S. investments in West and Central Africa, writing and producing film and new media work for multiple broadcast and online outlets. 


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Studies and the India – China Institute