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In one of the poorest nations on earth, the Central African Republic, native sand diver Thomas Boa and construction manager Jianmin Luan, a Chinese national, accept that struggle and risk are the price of tomorrow’s rest and reward: both are prepared to “Eat Bitter.” The eye-opening documentary raises the age-old question of what we are prepared to sacrifice for a better tomorrow, without a promise that it will ever arrive.

Directed by Ningyi Sun, a Chinese national, and Pascale Appora-Gnekindy, who hails from the Central African Republic, Eat Bitter portrays the real, human stories, on the ground within the bigger context of Chinese investments, construction and migration across Africa. Filmed in the context of a pandemic and civil war, the documentary illustrates the complex choices and commonality of challenges faced by two workers across very different cultures.

Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary followed by a Q&A with co-directors, Ningyi and Pascale chaired by anthropologist of China-Africa relations, Dr Miriam Driessen.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided. 

This event is brought to you by the Chinese in Africa, Africans in China (CAAC) UK Chapter. Registration is required.

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Event details

Bush House Lecture Theatre 2
Bush House
Strand campus, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG