Take Light


Hart House Theatre Fri, Apr 27, 2018 6:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Tue, May 1, 2018 3:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Thu, May 3, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Labour & Working People
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Shasha Nakhai
Producer(s):Ed Barreveld
Editor(s):Rich Williamson
Cinematography:Rich Williamson
Composer:Rob Teehan
Sound:Daniel Pellerin


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Over 50 per cent of Nigeria's nearly 200 million citizens don't have access to electricity. For Africa's largest energy producer and most populous nation, that number is shocking. Those dependent on the unreliable grid are limited to a few hours of power a day at best. Taking matters into their own hands, many households illegally and dangerously wire their homes by tampering with transformers. While a bungling bureaucracy attempts to privatize the electrical system, an electrician risks his life on power poles, trying to provide for his daughter's education. His colleague in customer service has the more difficult task of going door to door collecting fees from disgruntled customers. The problems are complex and systemic, but director Shasha Nakhai delicately balances the big picture of a country trying to advance its development with the compelling stories of blue-collar workers attempting to make better lives for their families. Alexander Rogalski

Co-presented with Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).

Additional Information

NOW - 4 Stars, "Powerful."

In the Seats - 4 Stars, "An urgent and necessary call for change."

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