Black Out

Ten people, some seated on bench, some on ground, some standing, near a lighted lamp pole at night in perhaps a city park, each reading his own text.

Eva Weber
2012 | 47 minutes | U.K., Guinea

The Sun sets over Conakry, but only a smattering of flickering lights interrupt the enveloping darkness.  Eighty percent of the population in Guinea is without electricity and what does exist, mainly in the capital, is intermittent. This evocative and poignant documentary reveals a striking phenomenon hidden in these shadows: school children, driven by a desire and to learn and improve their lives and their country, who travel miles on foot to the airport, to gas stations, to parks in wealthy neighborhoods in order to have light to study by.

Co-presented by the New York African Film Festival

Plays with The Barrel