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Sakawa Trailer from INTI FILMS on Vimeo.

SAKAWA

director: Ben Asamoah, 2019 | Arri Amira + Zeiss Ultra Primes T1.9, 1:2.39

Official premiere @ IDFA, Amsterdam 2018

Official selections @

SXSW, Austin 2019

CPH-DOX, Copenhagen 2019

DOCVILLE, Leuven 2019

34th DOC FEST, Munchen 2019

DOCUDAYS UA, Kiev 2019

ONE WORLD DOC FF, Prague 2019

LUBLJANA DOC FF, 2019

 



Sakawa deals with Internet scamming, mostly by young, poor Africans. Who are the people that try to deceive us? What human story lies behind the phenomenon of Internet fraud? In Ghana, the arrival of the Internet and electronic waste has led young men and women to practice internet fraud, with the help of voodoo to earn a living. The film follows the story of the experienced Sakawa-boy Francis who became rich and successful; the young man Samuel who is in continuous need of money; and a young mother, Ama, who is learning the tricks of the trade. Sakawa is a film that takes its viewers into the African underworld and shows at the same time that the Sakawa-boys are just people living in poverty, looking for a better life. None of them are good, none of them are bad. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Shot on Arri Amira with Zeiss Ultra Prime lenses T1.9 and the Arri Alura zoom 15.5-45mm. Using a Low Contrast filter to create a softer look. Camera-assistent: Pieter Van Campe & Malcolm Dureger / Sound: Kwinten van Laethem / Editing: Tom Denoyette & Simon Schuurman / Camera Rental: Lucky Camera's