Black Out

    • Eva Weber
    • England
    • 2012
    • 47 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
    Of the more than 10 million inhabitants of Guinea, only one-fifth has access to electricity. And even these lucky few face frequent power outages that last many hours. This is a disaster for the economy, but also for the future of the country's children. During the day, there is hardly any time to study, but in the evenings there is no light to read by. Director Eva Weber makes a link between the inventiveness and determination of the students and the changes taking place in the rest of Guinea. A good education is the only chance these children have of having a better future than their parents. So as soon as exam season arrives, they go out every evening looking for light to study by. The children hang around anywhere they can: at gas stations, in parks in the rich part of town, and above all at the airport, the biggest provider of light in the area. They often end up walking for many miles in the middle of the night. This makes for some special scenes: hundreds of students busily thumbing through dog-eared books, concentrating hard and mumbling their lessons to themselves.

    Credits

    • 47 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: French, English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Eva Weber
    Production
    Kat Mansoor for Animal Monday, Claire Neate James for HSI London, Eva Weber for Odd Girl Out Productions
    Executive producer
    Nicola Doring for HSI London
    Cinematography
    Mattias Nyberg
    Editing
    Emiliano Battista, Eva Weber

    IDFA history

    2012
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

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