Vivre Riche


Innis Town Hall Mon, Apr 30, 2018 6:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Tue, May 1, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:France
Burkina Faso
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Africa
Race & Racism
Crime & Punishment
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Joël Akafou
Producer(s):Florent Coulon
Chrisrine Pirreaux
Faissol Gnonlonfin
Berni Goldblat
Editor(s):Magali Lefay
Writer(s):Joël Akafou
Cinematography:Dieudo Hamadi
Sound:Ivan Broussegoutte


In Abidjan, a city in full social mutation, a group of men aged 15 to 25 spend their days running online scams, taking advantage of the wealth and loneliness of white European women. For Rolex the Portuguese and his friends, it's the easiest way to buy expensive watches, classy clothes and fancy shoes, enjoy the city's crazy nightlife and, ultimately, collect on the "colonial debt." Years of civil war and economic crisis have left these Ivorian youth disoriented, adrift in pervasive Western materialism and social media culture. The phenomenon of internet fraud, explains the protagonist, has become a way of life, a branch to hang onto. Which doesn't mean they don't fear and respect their elders—they'll even make traditional sacrifices to their ancestors for help in scamming their "clients." In intimate and striking vérité, Joël Akafou portrays a disarmingly lucid new generation of West Africans. Charlotte Selb

Co-presented with Toronto Black Film Festival.

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