Empire Of Dust (2011) – Full Documentary.

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This is a very interesting watch that should pique the interest of all of those who shriek about Β  “western neocolonialism” in Africa. The reality, as I’ve written about before, is that China is becoming the biggest power-player on the continent. In this video we get to see the challenges faced by the Chinese as they try to bring back infrastructure to Congo. It is impossible not to pity the locals when the Chinese boss points out that everything that the Belgians left behind fell into disrepair and neglect once the Africans gained responsibility… The Congolese are charming when they are “allowed to be themselves” but the second that punctuality and efficiency is on the agenda the documentary becomes a tragic portrayal of a continent that maybe should just be left to its own devices. …I probably feel this way due to the sad eyes of the locals 😦 The Chinese are workaholics and evidently love to engage in nation building. This obviously clashes with a culture where time and long-term planning is regarded as something abstract. It is therefore not particularly fair to compare African nations to hyper-productive, uber-efficent “ants in the ant colony,” as maybe it would be better to pass on the African continent in silence and refrain from comparing it to “international standards” set by “born-to-be” architects of advanced super-civilisations. If one subscribes to current narratives of equality it would be more moral to look another way.

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