There's a treasure trove of information to be found in the poisonous ewaste in Ghana. It's a relatively simple matter to open up hard drives and gain access to photos and the personal details of their former owners. Equipped with a name and address, almost anybody can be found online.
The film follows Ama, a young mother, who tries to become an internet con artist. A more seasoned scammer tries to teach her the craft, but she doesn't appear to have much of a knack for it. One Dollar is a master at his craft and knows how to use his fake account to drive men crazy: they fall for the photo of a buxom woman—and for his high-pitched voice. But how much compassion can you expect from someone who is buying €250 worth of fish for his boss every week, while he is only earning €12 a month himself?
SAKAWA shows these fraudulent activities from the perspective of Belgian-Ghanaian director Ben Asamoah, who portrays the perpetrators from his own African perspective.
I have graded this movie at my friends of Flow Postproduction. Using Baselight in their excellent grading theatre. Had a great collaborative time with d.o.p. Jonathan Wannyn and producer Peter Krüger of Inti Films. The film was recently shown at the Dutch IDFA film festival and will hit the cinemas in 2019.