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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.


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  • A fascinating, non-judgmental, and somewhat darkly comedic fly-on-the-wall look at the criminal lengths some will go to in an effort to escape from abject poverty.

    Jun 12, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
  • Setting guilt and innocence aside, Sakawa gives us a small glance at the other side of the internet scam coin.

    Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Sakawais a compelling doc that offers insight into the world of internet scammers of Ghana.There are no interviews and we don't learn their names. The film holds the viewer at arms-length which is necessary to keep us in as neutral a space as possible.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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