SakawaBen Asamoah

“Beautiful lonely woman looks for love on Facebook. She would love to visit you, if you could just send some money so she can apply for a visa.” We’ve all received them: emails in which someone asks for some money in order to obtain an inheritance or get lottery money. This type of internet fraud has been around for a long time. For many young people in Ghana, it is their only way out of poverty. For his debut film, the Belgian-Ghanaian filmmaker Ben Asamoah returns to his homeland and introduces you to the people behind the emails. Meet your scammer!

A wealth of information is hidden in the mountain of burning e-waste in Ghana. If you have some skills you can easily grab a pile of hard disks and download photos and private data from rich Westerners. In a dusty bar, sakawas hang out to exchange tips. OneDollar knows how to drive men completely crazy with his fake account. A picture of a busty woman and some flattering phrases with a high-pitched voice, that’s all he needs. Young mother Ama wants to earn some quick money to start her own business. A seasoned sakawa tries to teach her the trade, but it is trickier than it looks. To convince difficult customers, the sakawa resort to the black magic of local voodoo priestesses. The combination of modern communication and old rituals brings hope for a better life.

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Belgian selection

DOCVILLE presents ten strong Belgian documentaries. Films that explore unknown territory - such as the oldest Belgian art gallery or a juvenile prison - as well as films that look beyond our borders. Films made by experienced directors as well as by young, new talent. The strongest production will win the Jury Prize for Best Belgian Documentary.

Economy Africa Media Mildly comical Dutch spoken or subtitled

DOCVILLE is uitgesteld tot 23/9-1/10/2020. Meer info snel


Directed by Ben Asamoah
Belgium, The Netherlands
2018 21 min.
Subtitles: Dutch


Belgian selection


Ben Asamoah

Production company

Inti Films, Pieter Van Huystee


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