„Borga“ is better. A Borga is a Ghanaian abroad living an excessive wealthy lifestyle. At least that’s what they want everyone to believe...
The two brothers Kojo and Yoofi grow up on the electronic waste dump Agbogbloshi, which is based within Ghana’s capital Accra. In order to survive, they are extracting valuable metals by burning western electronic devices. Kojo is a second born son who wants to gain the acknowledgment and respect of his father. One day Kojo meets a Borga from Germany. His dream of going there is born. 10 years later he leaves his family behind in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a Borga. Arriving in Germany after a five-year odyssey through the continents he realizes quickly that he was chasing a myth. Germany does not welcome him with open arms. But going back is no option! Being ashamed of coming home not having made it, he has to fulfil the picture of the wealthy Borga from Germany…
*Picture by Andrew McConnell
Director/ Script: York-Fabian Raabe
Co-Author: Eric Golub
Director of Photography: Tobias von dem Borne
Dramaturge: Cornelia Hermann
Producer: Alexander Wadouh
Co-Producers: Elaine Niessner
Comissioning Editor: Stefanie Groß, SWR
Comissioning Editor: Anne-Caroline Paquet, ARTE
„BORGA“ is the feature film debut of the award winning director York-Fabian Raabe. He studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Based in Berlin he focuses on artistic, social and cultural relevant movies, like the African refugee tragedy „Between Heaven and Earth“ and the Ghanaian e-waste documentary „Children of Sodom“. They won several awards and were screened at the most renowned international film festivals.
In 1990 functional second-hand computers arrived from the western world in Ghana as donations to „bridge the digital divide“. After a few years the act of donating became corrupted. For Western countries, it is cheaper to ship damaged electronics to Ghana under the „donation“ or „second hand“ label than to properly recycle them. The former flourishing lagoon of Accra became the Agbogbloshi metal scrap yard of today, where toxic electronic wastes are broken down, burned and processed, creating serious environmental and health problems. The population of Agbogbloshi consists of economic migrants from northern and rural parts of Ghana. Though conditions are worse the need for instant cash and food makes people come to Agbogbloshi by thousands.