Chinese Dream

A Film by Lena Karbe
and Tristan Coloma


CHINESE DREAM is an episodic documentary, set in an African milieu in Guangzhou, China. For the first time in its history China becomes an immigration goal. At the moment more than 300.000 Africans live permanently in China.

The protagonists of CHINESE DREAM are Chinese who interact with Africans on a daily basis: They come from different social classes and occupations. CHINESE DREAM shows how Chinese society tackles the immigration challenge coming from Africa.


  • Picture of Lena Karbe © Lena Karbe

    Lena Karbe

    Having studied film internationally (École normale supérieure, University of Oxford and University of Television and Film, Munich), Lena Karbe started her career in film acquisition and distribution before changing to production. After a 5-year-long tenure with one of the German leading production companies, she has founded her own production company Karbe Film, specializing on documentaries and international coproductions. Along her production activity, she is a curator of Chinese Film Festival in Munich and writes and directs.

  • Picture of Tristan Coloma © Tristan Coloma

    Tristan Coloma

    Tristan Coloma is an editor in chief of Lettre de l’océan indien. Having formerly worked as a journalist for Le Monde diplomatique and Le Monde, he is primarily working on reportages on the Sub-Saharan Africa. An Africanist, he has worked on several university publications on the connections between Africa, China and India to Europe (France, the Netherlands, Great Britain). Tristan has studied cinema before pursuing his studies of science and philosophy and co-written and co-directed several short films. The work on the project BLACK CHINA has begun from a reportage he wrote for Le Monde Diplomatique on the African presence in Guangzhou.

Awards + Festivals

  • 21st MECAL PRO - BARCELONA INT'L SHORT AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)March 28, 2019
  • 21st INDEPENDENT DAYS - INT'L FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Karlsruhe, Germany)April 3, 2019
  • 7th CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 5, 2019
  • 10th NEW YORK CITY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)May 5, 2019
  • 3rd SOUTHERN CONE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FICCSUR (Official Selection, Valparaiso, Chile)May 23, 2019
  • 5th SERIALE (Official Selection, Gießen, Germany)June 13, 2019
  • 14th SOLE LUNE DOC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palermo, Italy)July 7, 2019
  • 18th ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS (Official Selection, Dallas, TX, USA)July 18, 2019
  • 6th MELGAÇO INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Melgaço, Viana do Castelo, Portugal)July 29, 2019
  • 5th VERACRUZ SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico)August 22, 2019
  • 12th FILMZEIT KAUFBEUREN (Official Selection, Kaufbeuren, Germany)September 30, 2019
  • 14th SOLE LUNE DOC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Maria dello Spasimo, Italy)October 3, 2019



Lena Karbe, Tristan Coloma
Tristan Coloma
Lena Karbe
Tellux next GmbH
Director of Photography
Li Dong, Sura Tian Wei
Kyle Chen
Karuna A. Fuchs
Sound Design
Clemens Becker
Philip „Lee Buddha“ Stegers


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Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Lena Karbe
Karbe Film GmbH
Bayerisches Filmzentrum
Bavariafilmplatz 7
82031 Grünwald, Germany

+49 176 98586927

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