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Sakawa

Length 81 , BELGIUM / NETHERLANDS (2018) Director: Ben Asamoahשפה: ENGLISH, AKAN AND EWE, HEBREW & ENGLISH SUBTITLES

The idea of online scams powered by Voodoo may sound completely made up, but for many young people in Ghana, it is a living, and a way to exploit the whites who had been exploiting them for generations. To look for “clients”, potential scam victims, they log on to dating sites, or simply visit the junkyard, where they scavenge hard drives dumped in Ghana so as not to pollute western soil. Having easily extracted the owners’ personal details, the scammers contact them, posing as young women who fall in love with them, want to marry them or are willing to fulfill their sexual fantasies—and then ask for money. The local voodoo priests are happy to speed the scammers’ success with ancient rituals. For them, the chance to empty rich white men’s pockets is a blessing and a sign of good fortune.

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