Borga - CHRISTIANE PAUL, EUGENE BOATENG - ©Chromosom Film GmbH - Bild Tobias von dem Borne - 017


Audience Aaward Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Germany

Thursday - 09/23/2021
9:00 PM - City Kino Wedding 
Followed by a Q&A with the film team
Fiction / BORGA / Ghana, Germany / 2021 / Language: Twi, German, English / Subtitles: English / 104 Min.
Director: York-Fabian Raabe
Writer: York-Fabian Raabe, Toks Körner
Producer: Alexander Wadouh, Elaine Niessner, Tommy Niessner
Cinematographer: Tobias von dem Borne
Editor: Bobby Good, Kaya Inan
Sound: Floyd Fürstenau, Robin Harff, Paul Powaljaew
Music: Tomer Moked, Ben Lukas Boysen
Cast: Eugene Boateng, Christiane Paul, Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Thelma Buabeng

Ghanaian perspective on the promise of a better life in Germany. And the way back.

Borga – that’s what they call people in Ghana who have made a lot of money abroad. Or at least that’s what they make people believe at home.
Kojo (Eugene Boateng) grows up close to a waste dump in Accra, where he, like many others, extracts metals from Western electronic waste every day. As a young adult, Kojo leaves his family behind in Ghana and makes his way to Germany. A long, difficult journey is followed by bitter disillusionment: there are no prospects in Germany for a migrant without papers. But he cannot return to Ghana empty-handed either. When he falls in love with Lina (Christiane Paul), a German doctor, his life in Germany seems to change for the better, but the pressure to send money home is rising and Kojo starts to make momentous decisions.
Director York-Fabian Raabe offers an important change of perspective on the topic of economic migration, by not only letting the audience experience Kojos arrival in Germany, but by also showing the consequences his departure has for the family he left behind.