Produced by award-winning German film-maker, York Fabian Raabe, Borga The Movie is definitely one of the intriguing films that you must watch this year. The motion picture follows the lives of two brothers, Kojo and Yoofi, who grew up on the electronic waste dump Agbogbloshi, located within Ghana’s capital Accra. In order to survive, they extract valuable metals by burning western electronic devices. Years later, Kojo, who always wanted to gain the acknowledgment and respect of his father, got an opportunity to fulfill his dream of traveling abroad.
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 fulfill the picture of the wealthy ‘Borga’ from Germany. “The research for ‘Borga’ began ten years ago. Our promise to ourselves was to find and research an equivalent in reality for every moment in the film. Furthermore, Ghanaians were involved as creatives or consultants at every step to ensure a high level of cultural authenticity,” York Fabian revealed in an interview with Cineuropa.
Born in Düsseldorf in 1985, Eugene Boateng played the role of Kojo in the motion picture. “In my community here in Germany, we don’t know of any German film yet that tells an African story from the perspective of a black person. BORGA is the story of my father, my uncle, the story of most black people who came to Germany, and the story of all those who left their homeland in the hope of creating a better life for their families and themselves. It is the story of a black man, told without pity, just plain and raw,” says Eugene. The cast includes – International Emmy Award winner Christiane Paul, Lydia Forson, Adjetey Annang, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ivorian actor, Ibrahim Sanogo, German/Ghanaian actress Thelma Buabeng and Jeffery Kwarteng.