Film screening and talk

• 05​ 10​ 2017 •
Louis Henderson Lettres du voyant

Lettres du voyant, 40', France, 2013, in English


Venue: Filmclub 813 at Die BRÜCKE, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Cologne
7 €
Advance ticket sales start on 12 September 2017 at
Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker in English

In cooperation with Film Festival Cologne

Louis Henderson’s film Lettres du voyant is a documentary-fiction about spiritism and technology in contemporary Ghana. In a country famously stripped of its precious metals by colonialism, a new form of mining has emerged. Young workers now strip down antiquated digital hardware not only for metal but also for credit card numbers or pictures of relatives and loved ones, later to be used in internet scams. Lettres du voyant looks at how such scams blend with traditional voodoo in a practice called Sakawa. Tracing the scammers’ stories back to the time of Ghanian independence, Henderson’s film shows that this internet voodoo could be understood as a form of resistance to neocolonialism, leading the viewer on a hypnotic journey through 3D mineshafts to the goldmines, digital device dumps, and discotheques of today’s economy of extraction and deceit. After the screening, filmmaker Louis Henderson joins in conversation with film theorist SOULEYMANE DIALLO.

Louis Henderson (*1983 in Norwich, UK) is a filmmaker whose works investigate connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism, and history. He has shown his work at places such as Rotterdam International Film Festival, Doclisboa, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, Contour Biennial, Kiev Biennial, Centre Pompidou, SAVVY Contemporary, Gene Siskel Film Center, and Tate Britain. He lives in Lisbon and Paris.