It’s more than 11,000 kilometres from Libreville, Gabon to Bejing in China but the distance to becoming an accomplished Kung Fu fighter is even greater. Luc Bendza’s childhood obsession with Kung Fu movies led to his entering a Shaolin Temple at age 15 to study wushu and, ultimately, to working with Jackie Chan.

The film provides insight into Chinese culture and Bendza’s challenges of assimilation in a country so far removed from his own.

Back in Gabon, silken clad youth emulate Bendza’s achievements. The ability of sport to transcend culture divides and bridge boundaries is heart-warming and Bendza’s indefatigable quest to follow his dream is inspirational.

Courtesy of Neon Rouge Productions

Cape Town
Labia
Wed 7, 8.15pm
Bertha MH
Fri 2, 6pm
Director(s):
Samantha Biffot
Country:
Belgium / Gabon / France
Year:
2015
Duration:
72 minutes
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