Vivre riche (France,Burkina Faso,Belgium)

Vivre riche

Vivre riche

  • Joël Akafou


“Rolex the Portuguese” has risked the “adventure” in neighbouring Burkina Faso, without success. Here he is back in Abidjan, to make lots of money. With his companions, aged between 15 and 25, he makes a living from casual trade, in particular from that of  “grazing”, i.e. online scams, taking advantage of the monetary largesse of white women in search of love or sensations, whose money they then blow in the ‘maquis’ (bars) or nightclubs. This unvarnished immersion in cinéma direct does not describe “a profession” as Rolex tells the filmmaker, Joël Akafou, but rather a “phenomenon”, inspired by Doug Saka (who died in 2006). He was a musician with a meteoric career who promoted a hedonistic and casual model, and invented the “coupé-décalé” style of dance music, who became famous all over Western Africa and even in Europe. The protagonists of Vivre riche belong to a changing youth, disoriented by years of civil war, who, to the great displeasure of the previous generation (that it continues nonetheless to fear and respect), essentially intend “to cash in the colonial debt”.

Emmanuel Chicon

Length: 53'
Country: France, Burkina Faso, Belgium
Year: 2017
Language(s): French, Dioula
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition: 2017
VdR award(s): Sesterce d'or george Meilleur moyen métrage 2017


Faissol Fahad Gnonlonfin (VraiVrai Films)
Florent Coulon (VraiVrai Films)
Berni Goldblat (Les Films du Djabadjah)
Christine Pireaux (Les Films de la Passerelle)

Sales Contact

Faissol Fahad Gnonlonfin
VraiVrai Films
Tel. +33664445631


Language(s):  French, Dioula
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Tu 25 April 2017
  • 14:00
Usine à Gaz

Followed by a discussion

  • We 26 April 2017
  • 14:30
Capitole Fellini


  • Sa 29 April 2017
  • 10:30
Salle Communale

Sesterce d'or Fondation Goblet du meilleur court métrage de la Compétition Internationale et Sesterce d'or george du meilleur moyen métrage de la Compétition Internationale