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.

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Ben Asamoah



Director: Ben Asamoah
Executive Producer: Gert Verboven
Producer: Peter Krüger
Screenwriter: Ben Asamoah
Cinematographer: Jonathan Wannyn
Editor: Tom Denoyette, Simon Schuurman
Sound Designer: Feras Daouk
Principal Cast: One Dollar, Francis, Ama


Publicity Contact
Peter Krüger
+32 (0)485 117 818
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Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Visions
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Belgium
Language: English, Ghanaian local language
Runtime: 81:10 mins