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Dream Empire

David Borestein
Screening time  
27.02. / Monday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
03.03. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
03.03. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
Yana is a 24-year-old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her Chinese Dream.

Drawn by the glamour and easy riches of China’s historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help Chinese real estate developers market their new developments. But this business takes a dubious turn as her foreigners are increasingly used in a surreal effort to turn remote rural ghost towns into globalized booming cities on the days that outside investors and political leaders visit.


David Borestein

David Borenstein is American film and TV director. Dream Empire is Borenstein's first feature-length documentary, world premiering in IDFA's First Appearance Competition. He has worked as a cinematographer and producer for the Sundance-funded The Hand That Feeds (2014).

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Dream Empire

2016, 73'

Directed by:
David Borestein

Screenplay by:
David Borenstein

Lars Skree

Edited by:
Anders Villadsen, Christian Einshøj

Jason Prover

Jesper Jack, Christian von der Recke

Produced by:
House of Real

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2016