Sakawa

CPH:DOX (2019)

DOKfest Munich (2019)

Edinburgh (2019)

IDFA 2018 (2018)

SXSW (2019)

Feature
African
SA Premiere

Availability &
Screening Time:

400 tickets

Director(s):

Ben Asamoah

Country:

Belgium | Ghana | Netherlands

Year:

2018

Running Time:

82 min

Language(s):

English

Sakawa provides a behind-the-scenes look at internet scamming in Ghana, where con artists cheat wealthy Westerners as a means of escaping poverty. Sakawa is a Ghanaian word for internet fraud schemes that are often combined with religious rituals. As the film shows, there’s a treasure trove of information to be found in the poisonous e-waste in Ghana – it’s a relatively simple matter to open up discarded hard drives and gain access to photos and the personal details of their former owners. Equipped with a name and address, almost anybody can be found online. Sakawa documents these fraudulent activities from the view of Belgian-Ghanaian director Ben Asamoah, who portrays the perpetrators with more sympathy than might be expected.

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