Documentary / République Centrafricaine
After years of civil war, my country, the Cen-tral African Republic, one of the poorest in the world, is rising from the ashes. Construction is flourishing in the capital Bangui. As in other Af-rican countries, skilled migrants from China are at the heart of this modernization. Through the parallel and crossed stories of Chinese immi-grants and Central Africans, Eat Bitter captures the journey of two communities, cultures and men who are diametrically opposed. But they learn to work together with the same goal in mind: to build a bank, a symbol of power and money. Our characters don’t hesitate to strip the earth and destroy their family lives for a seat at the table of prosperity. Indeed, behind this so-called progress and new openness is a less glowing reality. Workers sacrifice their dignity, abuse their bodies, and spoil the environment to extract sand, an essential construction mate-rial. And this disappearing sand is pushing them to take ever more risks to get hold of it.