|Directed by Shasha Nakhai
|Canada, 2018 (documentary, 78 minutes, colour, English)
"Power means everything in Nigeria. Africa's biggest oil producer is the world's seventh most populous nation—Nigeria is literally bursting with promise. Yet less than 50 percent of the country's 195 million citizens have access to electricity; those that do, receive a few hours per day at best. In Port Harcourt, a major oil and gas hub in the Niger Delta, blackouts are the norm. They descend on the bustling city like soot from the regular gas flares, affecting daily life in ways that are disruptive and, often, dangerous. The chronic power problem and its complex causes fuel the daily news cycle, as chatter from pundits and politicians crackles through the airwaves. Against this backdrop, Take Light takes us into the streets of director Shasha Nakhai's hometown, and into the lives of people working on the frontlines of the grid. Their compelling and dramatic stories are woven together to create a gritty, beautiful, and urgent documentary that reveals a side of Nigerian society the world rarely gets to see."
-- Storyline Entertainment (source)
|Film Credits (partial):
|Ed Barreveld, Shasha Nakhai
"Take Light lets audiences experience this frustration in a humorous opening scene in which residents huddle around a TV in a pub watching a soccer match. The player onscreen runs, shoots and scores. The crowd goes wild. As if overloaded by the energy in the room, the TV and lights cut out. Cue a collective groan from the fans. [Shasha] Nakhai investigates how Nigerians endure the prohibitively expensive energy costs by including the voices of residents alongside those of PHED employees on the front lines. There are no experts, no talking heads and no policy wonks. Just ordinary people who live in frequent darkness."
-- Patrick Mullen (source)
"In Canadian director Shasha Nakhai's documentary Take Light, about the power grid issues in her former homeland, she interviews disgruntled customers and harried workers of NEPA, the National Electric Power Authority or, more cynically, Never Expect Power Again. The problems include widespread corruption, militant attacks on pipelines, and solar panels that don't produce power because of atmospheric soot produced by industrial gas flares. Nakhai doesn't provide much advice on a solution, but paints an evocative picture."
-- National Post (source)