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Resource ID: #30196
Subject: Racism
Source: Runako Celina, Henry Mhango, Aliaume Leroy, Edward Tian, Matthew Bradley, Emile Costard, Godfrey Badebye, Dan Adamson, Chiara Francavilla, Tom Watson, Marc Perkins
Affiliation: BBC Africa Eye and BBC Eye
Date: 2022-06-13



In February 2020 a shocking video began circulating on Chinese social media. A group of young African children are being instructed, by a voice off-camera, to chant phrases in Chinese. The kids repeat the words with smiles and enthusiasm — but they don’t understand that what they’re being told to say is “I am a black monster and my IQ is low.”

The video ignited outrage in China and beyond. But no-one had ever answered the crucial questions: Why was this filmed? Where was it shot? Who made it? And why has no one been held accountable?

These questions sent BBC Africa Eye reporter Runako Celina on a journey into a Chinese video-making industry that exploits vulnerable children across the continent.

2022 IRE Award Finalist, Video > Division 1

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