A literal and metaphorical journey towards enlightenment, the documentary “Black Out” shows the obstacles children have to overcome to achieve their dreams in one of the world’s poorest countries.
The award-winning mid-length film, from director Eva Weber (who yesterday was chosen for the Sundance Institute Directors Lab), will have its West Coast Premiere at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) in the International Showcase next month.
The film’s LAFF screenings are scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at 5:00 PM and Friday, June 21 at 9:50 PM.
Weber is scheduled to attend the second screening and participate in a post-screening Q&A.
The film had its world premiere at IDFA in November and has since won prizes at major international festivals and has screened at fests in Paris, Prague, Warsaw and Doha. It was developed in association with Chicken & Egg Pictures.
Here’s the synopsis:
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. A literal and metaphorical journey to enlightenment, 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 Guinea’s people 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.
Originally from Germany, Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Her multi-award-winning films have screened at numerous international film festivals including Sundance, Edinburgh, SXSW, BFI London Film Festival and Telluride.
Her films have also been broadcast on UK and international television, and shown at art exhibitions and museums. Her film ‘The Solitary Life of Cranes’ was described as “one of the most absorbing documentaries of the year” by The Observer newspaper in the UK.
Weber is currently developing a number of feature projects, including the fiction feature ‘Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name’ based on a novel by Vendela Vida; and supported through the Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and a SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant. Weber has been chosen for the Sundance Institute Directors Lab 2013.
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SOURCE: LAFF / The 2050 Group Publicity