Stranded in Canton

Stranded in Canton

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Director: Måns Månsson Country: Denmark/Sweden Year: 2014 Running time: 77 mins Colour: Colour Language: Cantonese/English/French/Lingala/Mandarin with English subtitles

Lebrun is a new player on the burgeoning Chinese-African trade route, brokering in Guangzhou an enormous order for Congolese presidential campaign t-shirts. But he gets stung when the order is held up in production until months after the election. Instead of returning to Kinshasa a rich man with a bright future, he remains in limbo in Guangzhou, facing nothing but mounting debts for warehousing the useless garments. Inspired by the success of fellow Africans on the field and determined not to return to his farm, Lebrun develops a plan to repurpose the t-shirts and sell them to the opposition for the 2016 election. An intense, beautifully acted and touchingly rendered exploration of life in exile, as much about human psychology as it is about politics.

A_Award_42pxThis film is eligible for the AUF Audience Award