Regina Leader-Post - - YOU - Melissa Hank

It’s a para­dox that’s in­fu­ri­at­ing for many in Nige­ria: De­spite liv­ing in Africa’s largest en­ergy-pro­duc­ing coun­try, half the pop­u­la­tion lives with­out elec­tric­ity and the rest with er­ratic ser­vice. The cause, ac­cord­ing to direc­tor Shasha Nakhai? Wide­spread cor­rup­tion. Nakhai’s fea­ture di­rec­to­rial de­but Take Light trav­els to Nige­ria, where she grew up, to fol­low the work­ers for the Port Harcourt Elec­tric­ity Distri­bu­tion Com­pany who face the threat of vi­o­lence daily.

“(Take Light is) about a cri­sis of elec­tri­cal en­ergy, but also about other kinds of power strug­gles — the ten­sions be­tween peo­ple, be­tween past and present, be­tween gov­ern­ments and colo­nial pow­ers — and about the trans­for­ma­tion of it all into a seething, pow­er­ful force,” says Nakhai. “But, this is also a film about the power of hope.”

It airs on CBC Doc­u­men­tary Chan­nel Dec. 9.

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