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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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Gustavo Aquino
Him: You have a chicken
girl: Yes
Him: You have bananas
girl: Yes
Him: Very good
Chris Daniels
It took them a month to buy the truck. Good lord that’s a country full of lazy pos
Chris Daniels
That guy that said the trucks were ready to roll. That bastard. Sleezball
Chris Daniels
Not allowed to travel anywhere without permission.
Chris Daniels
Bananas won’t leaks out. That’s pretty bad ass. If this world wasn’t throw away they would make gear differential fluid like that.
Chris Daniels
That’s a shit hole
Romullus
so what was the reward? how much do everyone get paid? im not sure even a couple hundred thousand could cover the cost of the stress.
Meme ḍǿƗJPG
you guys made this from such a negative perspective. its called overcoming challenges with a real job, they'r not writing blog posts
Akaoushi
What useless and corrupt people.
Dan DiPaola
a Western if you're going the right way, it is cool the hero is played by Will Forte
Chillin'
'I think you're turning into an african... stuffing bananas into differentials for lubrication' 29:40.
nice 'joke'. So funny I forgot to laugh.
1cyberrider
Africa's the present "wild west", not the last. The last is off this planet.
Chillin'
Discussing the situation in Sudan / South Sudan as "the black south vs the arab north" is a vast oversimplification, and an incorrect one at that.
allan1985
more of this please
duckyduckyduckduck
that trucker guy is a genius
Andy L
I'm astonished that literally anything can get done in Africa
Mohamed Muse
Why did They shush him though when said Arab cowboys?!!
Michael Dodd
Mongo just pawn in game of life. These lads are bloody inspiring! Capitalism has pulled more people out of poverty than any system the world has known.
traor.e
stannis baratheon works for vice
Jacob Erickson
dumbass said "as the US economy goes south" yeah sure it is LOL
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