Dutch media on reception of When China Met Africa

March 7, 2011

The Chinese service of Radio Netherlands International (RNW) has a feature on the reception of the BBC documentary When China Met Africa at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The article quotes one of the filmmakers, Marc Francis, as saying that their goal with the film was to promote a new attitude to Africa, which is not paternalistic but, like China’s, based on equality and mutual benefit. Some of the audience in Rotterdam criticized the Francis brothers for being insufficiently critical of Chinese exploitation of Zambian workers.

The article, which was reposted on the popular mainland blog server Bullock.cn, also quotes MqVU’s Merriden Varrall.