The first long documentary by Ben Asamoah, “Sakawa” has been selected for the International Documentary film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). It reports the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF).
Am Asamoah is a young Belgian-Ghanaian filmmaker. His documentary “Sakawa” is about internet fraud in Ghana. For many unemployed young people in the West African country is a way of life. They don’t see it as fraud, but as a way to capitalize from the electronic waste from the West that massively in their country dumped. The film follows three young Ghanaians who, out of desperation and unemployment, their refuge in all sorts of forms of deception on the internet with the help of black magic.
“Sakawa” is the first long documentary by Ben Asamoah, who as a filmmaker graduated at the RITCS. The screenplay is by Ben Asamoah and Carl Plaisier. Jonathan Wannyn did the photography, Tom Denoyette and Simon Schuurman, took care of the assembly. The music is by Feras Daouk and Laurens Desmet.
The IDFA is one of the largest and most important documentairefestivals of the world, each year more than 200,000 visitors and over 2,500 international guests. The 31st edition will take place from 14 until 25 november on various locations in Amsterdam.