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Sakawa

Year
2018
Country
Belgium, The Netherlands
Duration
81’
Director
Ben Asamoah

What human story lies behind the phenomenon of internet fraud? In Sakawa we meet three Ghanaian youngsters who, out of desperation, turn to internet scamming with the help of black magic. Ama is a young mother and a newcomer on the scene. ‘OneDollar’ tries to save the money to travel to Italy. Francis, who is the most experienced of them all, learns the others the tricks of the trade. What is viewed in the West as fraud is seen by the Sakawa boys as the exploitation of available resources. These resources come in the form of electronic waste, dumped in Ghana by the West.

CREW
Director: Ben Asamoah
Producer: Peter Krüger
Operator: Jonathan Wannyn
Editor: Tom Denoyette, Simon Schuurman
Sound: Feras Daouk
Production
Inti Films
Sales
Rise and Shine World Sales, info@riseandshine-berlin.de
Awards
2018 – SXSW, Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award Nomination; IDFA
Director
Ben Asamoah

Ben Asamoah grew up in Ghana and moved to Belgium with his mother as a teenager. He studies Audiovisual Arts in RITCS Belgium, where he graduated with his short Black. During his studies he often went back to his country of origin where he discovered that his childhood friends had started a career in internet scamming, which resulted in his film Sakawa.

Filmography

Sakawa (2018)

Hall «GEGEMON»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
Q&A with director
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Monday
25 March 2019
18:30
Hall «KINOMAN»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
Q&A with director
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Tuesday
26 March 2019
17:00
Hall «ANSHLAG»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Friday
29 March 2019
17:30
XVII INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
20–29
March 2020
Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World
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Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World
Year
2018
Country
The Netherlands
Director
Hans Pool
Duration
88
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People’s Republic of Desire
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People’s Republic of Desire
Year
2018
Country
China
Director
Hao Wu
Duration
95
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Pre-Crime
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Pre-Crime
Year
2017
Country
Germany
Director
Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder
Duration
88
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The Cleaners
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The Cleaners
Year
2018
Country
Germany, Brazil
Director
Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
Duration
88
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