Borga are Ghanaians who have achieved enormous prosperity abroad. At least, that’s what they want the people back home to believe.
Kojo (Eugene Boateng) grows up with his brother on an electronic waste dump in Ghana’s capital Accra. They earn their living by collecting metals from Western electrical appliances. One day, Kojo has an encounter with a Borga that leaves a lasting impression on him. Ten years later, he leaves his family behind in Ghana to become a Borga in Germany. Once there, he quickly realizes that he has been chasing a myth. But a return is out of the question, and when he falls in love with Lina (Christiane Paul), things seem to take a turn for the better. Fast money, however, demands decisions from Kojo that are not always the right ones …
York-Fabian Raabe’s directorial debut is consistently told from a Ghanaian, black perspective and won no less than four awards at the 2021 Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival, including Best Feature Film.
Followed by a film discussion with leading actor Eugene Boateng and director York-Fabian Raabe.
York-Fabian Raabe, born in 1979, graduated in business administration. In addition to his business career, he devoted himself to his artistic passion. He acted in theater, wrote screenplays and shot smaller films. In the course of his studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), he participated in a variety of projects as director, writer and producer, among others. As a director he was awarded the “Max Ophüls Preis”, the “ARTE Preis” and “Best Foreign Film Award” in Los Angeles and various audience awards. To deepen his screenwriting skills, he attended New York University. Together with Eric Golub he founded ViewYork, which is divided into ViewYork Media and ViewYork Film.
2013 Sodoms Kinder
2010 Zwischen Himmel und Erde
Screenings: Saturday 18.09 at 7.30 pm (Festivaleröffnung) | Friday 24.09 at 6 pm