Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Take Light

Year: 2018
Country: CANADA
Language: Pidgin English with English subtitles
Run Time: 78 minutes

Take Light
Take Light
Take Light
Take Light


Nigeria is going through a serious electricity crisis. Though it’s Africa’s top energy producer, only 50% of Nigerians have access to electricity. For those who do, the service isn’t all that great. Many receive electricity for just a few hours a day. The documentary TAKE LIGHT follows a charming electrician named Martins who remains optimistic, despite having one of the most dangerous and unpopular jobs in the country. At any given time, he’s either risking his life to fix tangled high-voltage lines or trying to calm down angry mobs whose electricity has been cut-off due to nonpayment. The power company is fiercely vigilant in tracking down delinquent customers. Martins, who is just the middle-man, does his best to be kind. The situation has gotten so bad some have taken it upon themselves to illegally reconnect their own power, which can be deadly. Will this debacle be the catalyst for Nigeria to move towards renewable energy? With its oil-dependent economy failing, scarce fuel supplies, and the threat of militant attacks on oil and gas installations, substantial change is the only way forward. (In Pidgen English with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 7:35 PM

African Diaspora

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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Shasha Nakhai

Shasha Nakhai was born in the Philippines and grew up in Nigeria. She graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Based in Toronto, she works as a producer and director, as well as a production, post-production, and audience engagement manager. In 2015 she was selected for the DOC Institute’s Breakthough Program and was awarded Telefilm Canada’s Pay It Forward Prize as part of the Hot Docs Film Festival’s Don Haig Award.


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Shasha Nakhai

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Rich Williamson

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