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SAKAWA

director: Ben Asamoah, | docu, Arri Amira, 1:2.39



In the last decade, internet and web activities have caused a major societal shift in Ghana. Instead of submitting themselves as victims of the Western invention, a new generation of Ghanean youth has learned to benefit from the system instead. Sakawa, or Internet fraud, has become a way of life for these youth. What is viewed in the West as fraud, is seen by the Sakawa-boys as no more than an exploitation of available resources. These resources come in the form of electronic waste, dumped in their country by the West. In SAKAWA, we meet a handful of these youngsters who, out of unemployed desperation, have turned to Internet fraud through the help of black magic. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 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