(FILM CLIP) Award-Winning Documentary – “BLACKOUT:” Reveals Conde’s Guinea, Where Only One-Fifth of Population Has Electricity, Forcing Hundreds of Schoolchildren to Leave Home at Night to Find Lights to Study By, Premieres at Los Angeles Film Festival, June 15

On June 15, the award-winning documentary film, “Blackout,” will debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival.   In the U. S., there is no bigger nor prestigious film festival, which means “Blackout” is sure to be seen by thousands.  The film profiles the pilgrimage of Guinean schoolchildren who, lacking electricity in their homes, seek out lighted areas at night to study — airport, petrol stations, roundabouts.

Recall that there have been several demonstrations concerning the lack of electricity in the poorer suburbs of Conakry and throughout the country over the last few months. Many of the protesters have been children.  Guinea’s national exams are taking place now and the children’s need for light to study by grows exponentially.

With the debut of this film in Los Angeles in two weeks, Americans will know that in addition to all the  other injustices meted out by the Guinean government, the shame of children having to travel to lighted areas, far from home, to study can be added. And, all that mining revenue . . .

A trailer for the film appears further below after this introduction:

From the Indiewire blog:
 Described as a literal and metaphorical journey towards enlightenment, director Eva Weber’s award-winning documentary Black Out, will have its West Coast Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the International Showcase in mid-June.Synopsis reads: 

Every day during exam season, as the sun sets over Conakry, Guinea, hundreds of school children begin a nightly pilgrimage to the airport, petrol stations and wealthier parts of the city, searching for light. This evocative documentary tells how children reconcile their lives in one of the world’s poorest countries with their desire to learn, in the face of the country’s own struggle for change.

Only about a fifth of Guineans have access to electricity. With few families able to afford generators, children have discovered the international airport, petrol stations and traffic roundabouts as unlikely places to study for their exams. They are amongst the only places where they will always find light.

This film had its world premiere at IDFA in November and has since won prizes on the international festival circuit. It was developed in association with Chicken & Egg Pictures.

The film’s LAFF screenings are scheduled for SaturdayJune 15 at 5 PM and Friday, June 21 at 9:50 PM


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