Dream Empire

David Borenstein, Denmark, 2016

73 min.DK/Documentary

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. When the inevitable happens and the real estate bubble starts to pop, Yana is forced to sell her company and reassess everything she ever believed in. Shot over several years, the film is at once a personal story and an on-the-ground chronicle of one of the most critical economic issues of our time.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Dream Empire
Danish title Den kinesiske drøm
Keywords China, Young people, Young women, Entrepreneurs, Residences, Neighborhoods, 2010-2019
Director David Borenstein
Producer Jesper Jack
Director of Photography Lars Skree
Editor Anders Villadsen, Christian Einshøj
Composer Jason Prover
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales Gunpowder & Sky Distribution
Danish theatrical release 16.03.2017
Cinemas Cinemateket CPH:PIX 2017
Comment First feature documentary by American director and anthropologist David Borenstein, who started making Dream Empire while in China doing a PhD on the country’s housing boom. The film was selected for IDFA’s First Appearance competition.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer House of Real
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction David Borenstein


Producer Jesper Jack
Production manager Freja Delgado
Production manager Christian von der Recke


Cinematographer Lars Skree


Editor Anders Villadsen
Editor Christian Einshøj


Music Jason Prover

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Ifversen, Karsten 2016-03-10
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