(Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL)
As an expanding global power, China has encouraged its corporations and entrepreneurs over the past decade to look to Africa for investment opportunities. This has accelerated China's engagement throughout the African continent in securing resources and raw materials for their booming economy.
This relationship between China and Africa is examined in the documentary When China Met Africa by focusing on three individuals: a successful Chinese farm owner who has just bought his fourth farm in Africa; a Chinese project manager working to upgrade Zambia’s longest road; and Zambia’s Trade Minister, who is on his way to China in search of investment capital. Meanwhile, in Beijing, 48 African heads of state converge for a historic summit hosted by China’s president Hu Jintao.