The Light Of Women


Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):80
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Original Language:French
Subtitles (Language):English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Antoine Depeyre
Elise Darblay
Executive Producer:Isabelle Dagnac
Producer(s):Isabelle Dagnac
Screenwriter:Elise Darblay
Antoine Depeyre


In the Peul Kingdom of Fouta-Toro, on the border between Senegal and Mauritania, isolated villages subsist without electricity and totally off-grid. Néné, in her fifties, lives in one of these remote villages. At the market, she hears about an NGO that trains women to use solar power.

Unfortunately, the NGO has no plans to visit her village. No problem: Néné will go to them. Until Néné, no woman had ever left this village. None of them has attended school, and not one of them has received any education other than in the skills necessary for village life: Pounding millet, feeding and tending cattle, caring for children, and preparing meals.

This is daily life for all the women of the village. Like the discreet and shy Hawa (34-years-old and whose husband took a younger wife after it was known she is sterile), or 15-year-old Aïssata (forcibly married at age 12), Néné knows nothing outside of her native village.

When the day finally comes to get on the bus and head to the training center, the women, leaving their village for the first time in their lives, sense that everything is about to change. Far from the gaze of their men: Husbands, fathers, and brothers, these women will have access to the unknown. Running water, electricity and… knowledge.

A transformative, once in a lifetime, empowering experience, one that should bring hope to the village for a bright new future… If only the men can accept it.

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