Electric City

Take part in a journey to the South, where three Belgian students discover what it is like to collaborate on a better future.

estimated playthrough time: 35 minutes

1. A Call From The South

They’ve just finished doing their finals when Simon, Lise and Emiel have to make an important phone call. On the other side of the line is a man from Gambia. Someone they have never met before, but whom they will work with more intensively than they ever have.

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2. Kawsu

Kunting is a farming village. A hidden gem located deep in the Gambian mainland. It’s inhabitants are a proud but poor people. While most of them will never leave the village, some risk everything in search of a better life.

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3. Tobaab

The three students are greeted by a culture that is completely unknown to them. The oppressive heat forces them to adapt to the local lifestyle. They learn to live with what little the villagers have to survive on. TOBAAB means white guy in Mandinka, the villagers’ mother tongue.

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4. Sariba

Meet Sariba: mother of seven and head of the Women’s Council. She lives in fear, because there hasn’t been any rain this year and her crops are dying. The women of Kunting put their heads together and discuss their future.

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5. We're Fine

As they install the last light, the students realize that their stay will soon be over. Together they have changed the future of the entire village. At last it’s time to say goodbye to their new home.

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6. Ebrahima

Night falls over Kunting. While some children are playing under a newly installed light, a thirteen year old boy named Ebrahima is studying the English language. He dreams of being educated so he can take care of his family and friends.

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Electric City is the first project of Mercator®, a sustainable film production company based in Antwerp, Belgium. Are you a company or NGO that wants to communicate about sustainability through cinematic content? Reach out to us at arne@mercator.tv!

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