Africa's Cowboy Capitalists (Full Length)

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For maverick entrepreneur Ian Cox, Africa is the last frontier of free enterprise. The former small-time hustler has been busting his ass on the continent for years, selling and moving merchandise. In 2012 he nabbed a lucrative United Nations contract to transport equipment from South Africa to South Sudan, a country on many countries' embargo list. The other problem: the journey north entails passing through countless checkpoints and dealing with bribe-happy officials and their nonsensical paperwork and regulations.

Photographer and filmmaker Tim Freccia followed around Ian and the guys he hired for this job. "Cowboy Capitalists" documents their attempts to navigate the continent's dangerous roads and bureaucratic chaos.

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They need to make an African Truck Simulator

Author — matt schade


Him: You have a chicken
girl: Yes
Him: You have bananas
girl: Yes
Him: Very good

Author — Gustavo Aquino


How to survive Africa as white person:

Put some UN stickers on your car and ur good to go

Author — Maarten


The bureaucracy in third world countries is designed to keep poor people poor.

A Jamaican

Author — WhenVtecWasCool


Very interesting how Ray changes his English to a different accent when speaking to an African person.

Author — Randall Reese


To me this story was not about Africa's cowboy capitalists. It was about one guy's mission to get some trucks from the South to the North, there wasn't even more than one story investigated. Super interesting story, (and I'm sure the filmmaking was as arduous as the truck journey) but it just wasn't what was "written on the tin" so to speak.

Author — Sophie Gallagher


“This is what happened when this guy didn’t put bananas in his diff.

Author — Jash R


"You're taking a picture? Why?" - "Why not?" - "Why?" - "Why not?" - *mind blown* "Have a good day"

Author — KonstantinGeist


I have a feeling that dozer wasn't actually for the UN...

Author — Barry Obams


"Bought trucks sight unseen" They ended up in crap condition. Who would have guessed.

Author — BackToTheOldUS


I think that courier that drove non stop to catch up to them maybe was expecting some sort of tip? 😂😂 homey just shook his hand like thanks see ya



Those two truck drivers should have their own tv-show! Like, yesterday...

Author — Darolw


I love how he changes his accent when talking to people.

Author — Joe Alvarado


"you tried to cheat me first...that was your mistake..."

Author — Pam S


For everyone wondering why the guy changes his accent ; it's most likely an automatic, natural thing. Also it's not just the accent he changes, he changes his vocabulary and grammar too.
When I'm in travelling in countries where English is not the main language I start using a more primitive/basic kind of English (for an example ; instead of saying '' tomorrow i'll be going to the beach'' I would say '''tomorrow I go beach''') It's so that locals can have an easier time understanding you. In some cases, where locals only understand a handful of English words, I would have to cut it down even more. While putting extra focus on using my tone of voice, facial expression and hand movements to communicate better with them. My dad calls this ''Tarzan communication'' (where 2 people with no mutual language try to communicate)

Author — Intfamous


"You have a chicken"

Wonderful xD

Author — Luke S.


Oh my word i'm kinda in shock right now... I'm watching the beginning of this video and I recognize the bridge. That's 'cause I lived in that very same area of South Sudan for 10 years and I've been over that bridge many many times. It's just so cool to see it on this random youtube video. It's just such a novelty for that remote place to be featured on a youtube video like this....

Author — Samuel Ward


Dude with pugs not drugs shirt is the real winner here

Author — Keith Chapman


"africa is virgin territory" lol. Africa has had so many entrepreneurs your momma would be like daym.

Author — Francis Waters


welcome to Africa. Where the cops want bribes for breathing. South African...

Author — Erich Pizer