The Tournees Festival - Vivre Riche (2017)

Presented by The Department of Foreign Languages Ashland University
January 14-29, 2020 (All films begin at 7:00 p.m.)
Ronk Lecture Hall (Schar College of Education)
Free admission for AU students, faculty, staff, and the general public Presented in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences

For anyone who has ever received an e-mail sent from an unknown African correspondent promising love or riches, this fly-on-the-wall documentary about young internet scammers in Abidjan is as enlightening as it is provocative. The film follows Rolex the Portuguese, an ambitious smooth talker who has recently returned to his home in Ivory Coast after trying and failing to strike it rich in neighboring Burkina Faso. Rolex and his buddies spend their days huddled around laptop screens, trying to lure European women into online relationships in hopes of scamming them out of their money. Director Joël Akafou follows these young men from the stripped-down rooms where they operate their scams to their family homes and the nightclubs of Abidjan, creating a fascinating portrait of a resourceful and scrappy, fun-loving and money-mad set of young Ivorians. But his film also raises thorny questions about the European colonial legacy and the moral compass of a young generation with few opportunities.

Support for the Tournees Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States / Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée Campus France USA / Florence Gould Foundation / highbrow entertainment.

Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

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