The African Who Wanted to Fly (Gabon: 2016)


Samantha Biffot

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Luc Bendza


The African Who Wanted to Fly is a documentary based on the life of Luc Bendza. Bendza, who is originally from a small Gabonese village, had been intrigued with martial from the time that he watched Bruce Lee films as a small child. At the age of 15, he became very skilled in Kung Fu and left Gabon for China to become a world Kung Fu champion. The film documents this transformation, and includes interviews with Bendza’s associates from both Gabon and China. The film is in French and Mandarin with English subtitles.


Abraham T. Zere, “The African Who Wanted to Fly,” Africa is a Country (Blog)

Mike Boyd, “The African Who Wanted to Fly,” Take One (online magazine)

G. Allen Johnson, “Film concerned with race and relations in BAMPFA’s African Film Festival 2018,” San Francisco Chronicle (newspaper)

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