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Lettres du Voyant

Louis Henderson

France, France, 2013
40 minutes, Colour, 5.1 Surround, 16:9
Original format: HD video
Available formats: SD Video / HD Video / DVD / BluRay / HD Digital file / DCP

“To take back the gold that was stolen from us – this is the object of our actions.”Lettres du Voyant is a documentary-fiction about spiritism and technology in contemporary Ghana that attempts to uncover some truths about a mysterious practice called “Sakawa” – internet scams mixed with voodoo magic. Tracing back the scammers’ stories to the times of Ghanaian independence, the film proposes Sakawa as a form of anti-neocolonial resistance. The film takes the form of a voyage through a network of digitised mine shafts that lead the viewer to each of the film’s locations ; a gold mine, an e-waste dump, a voodoo ritual or a discotheque for example. A character recounts a story through reading a series of letters that he has written to the film’s author – letters that speak about the colonial history of Ghana, of gold, of technology.