Sakawa provides a behind-the-scenes look at internet scamming in Ghana, where con artists cheat wealthy Westerners as a means of escaping poverty. Sakawa is a Ghanaian word for internet fraud schemes that are often combined with religious rituals. As the film shows, there’s a treasure trove of information to be found in the poisonous e-waste in Ghana – it’s a relatively simple matter to open up discarded 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. Sakawa documents these fraudulent activities from the view of Belgian-Ghanaian director Ben Asamoah, who portrays the perpetrators with more sympathy than might be expected.
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