North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY David Borenstein

Country: China, Denmark
Language: Chinese, English
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 75min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

Dream Empire follows Yana, an ambitious young woman who leaves her rural home to pursue the fabled Chinese Dream in Chongqing’s thriving real estate market. Yana opens an agency designed to aid Chinese developers in reaching foreign investors, but she soon discovers that her clients’ expectations—not to mention economic realities—may prove too tumultuous for her dream to weather.

Filmed over several years, Miami-native director David Borenstein’s incisive documentary dissects the chaotic, reckless, often mind-boggling world of the globalized real estate market, showing its merciless effects not only in the abstract, but also on the life of a single, hugely determined individual.

This film is also featured in the 2017 Film Festival’s Florida Focus Film Category.


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Director: David Borenstein
Producer: Jesper Jack

Music: Jason Prover
Cinematographer: Lars Skree
Editor: Anders Villadsen, Christian Einshøj

David Borenstein

David Borenstein was born in Miami. He has studied languages, political science and anthropology at Princeton University in Beijing, the University of Florida, the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China, and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dream Empire (16) is his first feature directorial credit.