Two worlds collide, or rather, coexist in this visually engaging and character-driven documentary, Eat Bitter. The film centres around Thomas Boa, a determined man with a modest ambition of providing for his family. He views his sand diving work as a means of progression rather than settling for mediocrity. However, life is never simple, and Thomas must grapple with personal turmoil at home. Similarly driven is Luan, a Chinese construction manager from a vastly different background, yet he shares the same dream of securing a better life for his family. Working tirelessly in the heart of Bangui, Central African Republic, the lives of these two men and their families are explored in depth, offering an unfiltered look at the highs and lows of their daily existence. As the documentary delves into their stories, viewers are given a glimpse of what it truly means to “eat bitter, taste sweet,” as these individuals navigate their struggles with unwavering determination and resilience. Through its compelling portrayal of two parallel lives, Eat Bitter is a film that will leave a lasting impression on its audience.
CPH:DOX (2023) – Nominated: DOX:AWARD
Atlanta Film Festival (2023)
Doc Edge (2023)
Visions du Réel (2023)