Film phase: Completed
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 wealthy parts of the city, searching for light. A literal and metaphorical journey towards enlightenment, Black Out shows how children reconcile their daily lives in one of the world’s poorest countries with their desire to learn.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Originally from Germany, Eva Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Her award-winning short films have screened at numerous international film festivals including Sundance, Edinburgh, SXSW, BFI London and Telluride; and were broadcast on UK and international television. Her film The Solitary Life of Cranes was described as “one of the most absorbing documentaries of the year” by The Observer. Eva is currently in development with a number of feature projects. In 2013, she took part in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and also received the Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.
Black Out had its world premiere at IDFA and its U.S. premiere at Full Frame, and screened at LA Film Fest, Movies That Matter, One World, EBS International Documentary Film Festival, Doxa, amongst others. Accolades for Black Out include: Best Short Documentary, FIFE/Festival International du Film d’Environnement; Jury Award, Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival; Best Medium Length Documentary at Cinemambiente; Best Emerging UK Director at Open City Film Festival.