by Joel Akafou

Femmes, entièrement femmes


"Rolex the Portuguese" tried his luck in neighboring Burkina Faso, without success. Now he is back in Abidjan, earning a lot of money. With his companions, aged between 15 and 25, he lives off the informal economy, in particular "grazing", i.e. scams on the Internet, taking advantage of the financial largesse of white women in search of love or sensations. Together, they then spend the money in the maquis (drinking establishments) or clubs. The protagonists of Vivre Riche belong to a mutating youth, disoriented by the years of civil war, which intends no more nor less "to cash in the colonial debt".

Documentary, 53', 2017, Burkina Faso / France / Belgium
Author, Director : Joel Akafou
Photography : Dieudo Hamadi
Sound : Joël Akafou
Editing : Magali Lefay
Mixing : Ivan Broussegoutte
Color correction : Benjamin Dontaine
Coproduction : TVFIL78, Lyon Capitale TV, RTBF, Les Films du Djabadjah / Burkina Faso, Les Films de la Passerelle / Belgium
With the participation of Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, the Procirep – Société des Producteurs & Angoa, department of Charente-Maritime & the Region New Aquitaine, Wallonie Image Production & Africadoc - collections "Lumières d'Afrique"





  • Lyon Capitale TV, October 2017
  • Të, December 2017 - January 2018
  • Mé, December 2017 - January 2018
  • Forum des Images, silver screen documentary evening, Paris - France 2018
  • Film Library of Corsica, Porto-Vecchio - France, January 18th, 2018
  • Library of Mériadeck, Bordeaux - France, January 30th, 2018
  • Cinéma Le Méliès, Pau - France, January 31st, 2018
  • L'Hybride Theatre, Lille - France, January 2019
  • Les Ateliers Varan, Paris, June 2sd, 2019