• Sakawa
  • Sakawa
  • Sakawa

Sakawa

by Ben Asamoah International Documentary Film / Competition

Their workplace is a shabby living room. Western electronic waste found at dumping sites in Ghana as well as the naivety of desperate singles in Europe and America are their resources. For these young Internet fraudsters portrayed in SAKAWA, it is easy to access data and images left on negligently disposed smartphones and hard disks. They use fake profiles to search for “clients” and, with a few seductive tricks and a little
bit of voodoo magic they tease money from their pockets – nonetheless they remain unwealthy. Belgian-Ghanaian director Ben Asamoah offers access to a world otherwise hidden behind the subject lines of countless unopened spam emails. Without judgment, Asamoah follows the unusual and questionable work routine of young Ghanaians who have nothing to lose. An amusing yet deeply sobering insight into the absurdity of global injustice.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Belgium, Netherlands, 2018
  • Runtime: 81 Min
  • Languages: English, Akan
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Ben Asamoah
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  • Cinematography: Jonathan Wannyn
  • Editors: Tom Denoyette, Simon Schuurman
  • Sound: Kwinten Van Laethem, Matthias Van Gasse
  • Music: Feras Daouk, Laurens Desmet
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  • Producer: Peter Krüger
  • Co-Producer: Pieter van Huystee
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  • Production Companies: Inti Films, Pieter van Huystee Film
  • World Sales: Rise and Shine World Sales
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