Complex doccie, Buddha in Africa, has been a labour of love for its creator

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Set against China’s expanding influence on the continent, Buddha in Africa provides a unique insight into the forces of cultural soft power on the identity and imagination of an African boy and his school friends growing up between two cultures.

GETTING her award-winning documentary, Buddha in Africa, to the big screen has been a labour of love for KZN Midlands filmmaker Nicole Schafer, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

The powerful documentary, which follows the intimate story of a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, won the best South African documentary prize at the Durban International Film Festival in July, an accolade which means that the film is being considered for the documentary feature qualifying festival hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences.

Schafer is trying to play down the news, but the truth is her documentary could automatically qualify for consideration for an Oscar nomination in 2020. Continue reading

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Andrea Bocelli to perform at the MTV European Music Awards

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

MTV (DStv channel 130) today announced world renowned superstar Andrea Bocelli will take to the MTV EMAs stage for the first time ever. Bocelli will perform an unforgettable solo track as well as a unique duet with singer-songwriter Tori Kelly that’s sure to go down in EMA history. The 2015 MTV EMAs will broadcast live across the globe on Sunday, October 25 at 10 pm CAT from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Continue reading