Vivre Riche
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    Vivre Riche

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    France, Burkina Faso, Belgium


    53 min

    • French
    • Dioula


    In Abidjan, in full social mutation, we discover an Ivorian youth lacking benchmarks after the political and economic crises of recent past years. We follow Rolex the Portuguese and his companions, young people in their daily activities, scam and small business to survive. They introduce us into the crazy nights of Abidjan and their whirling lives. Ages between 15 and 25 years old. Scam, sex, alcohol, fetish, sacrifice. For them, scamming the Europeans is collecting the colonial debt.


    • Best Medium-Length Film - Visions du Réel



    Joël Akafou
    Dieudo Hamadi
    Magali Lefay
    Joël Akafou

    Joël Akafou

    Ivory Coast

    Humanity has created stories to be able to exist. Today the cinema exists to tell the stories of humanity. I make films to tell the stories of humanity.

    Born in 1986 in Bwake, Côte d’Ivoire, Joël Akafou has a Masters degree in Filmmaking from the L’ISIS (Institut Supérieur de L’Image et du Son Ouagadougou). He has directed short films both documentary and fiction films as part of his academic studies. The last one NOURAH (2016) was selected in many film festivals such as African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria, FESTICAB in Burundi, and FESTILAG in Abidjan. His first professional documentary film VIVRE RICHE (2017) was awarded with the Sesterce d'Or Georges to the Best Mid-Length Film of the International Competition at the Festival Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2017. AFTER THE CROSSING (2020) is his first feature-length documentary film. It played in the official selection of the Berlinale Forum 2020 and was awarded the Janine Bazin Grand Prize at Belfort IFF.

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