Black Out and Pangaea

About This Episode

Black Out
Guinea is a country in the balance. Despite abundant natural resources, most of Guinea’s population live on less than $1 a day and only 80 percent of the population have no electricity at all. With few families able to afford generators, children have discovered G'bessia International Airport, petrol stations and parks in wealthier areas of the city as unlikely places to study at night.

A literal and metaphorical journey towards enlightenment, Black Out shows the children’s resourcefulness and determination as a metaphor for the country’s own struggle for change, and explores whether Guinea can at last fulfill its potential and secure a better future for its people.

Pangaea tells the story of a young girl trapped on the roof of her house during the days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The film, which was filmed over the course of a week by Northwestern University students, aims to comment on the lives of the children whose lives were drastically changed by the aftermath of the hurricane and the flooding that followed it. Pangaea also examines the role of those who experienced the events on television from the safety of their own living rooms.