Wolf Watch: Empire Of Dust

In the documentary “Empire of Dust”, director Bram Van Paesschen explores the fraught relationship between the Congolese and the Chinese, as shown through their efforts to build a road between two major cities in the DRC, wryly observed with humorous interstitials from the Congolese radio DJ invented by Van Paesschen himself. China endeavors to take on a wide range of development projects (including roads, hospitals, schools, and airports) to be paid for by Congo’s immense copper and cobalt reserves. “Empire of Dust” is a day-by-day account of globalization at work, and examines the human aspect of this exchange. CREC employees arrive in Kolwezi, DRC to build a road. Logistics head Lao Yang must procure local supplies as government deliveries fail. With translator Eddy, misunderstandings ensue as Lao Yang negotiates with Congolese entrepreneurs.

Empire Of Dust (2011)

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