80 minutes – Documentary
Language: French, English subtitles
Release date: November 25, 2020 (World Premiere)
Production company: NFB
Canadian distributor: NFB
Into the Light features the liberating life stories and powerful words of inspiring Quebec women of African origin who’ve regained control over their lives after suffering from domestic violence. The film transcends prejudice and breaks the silence, pulling back the curtain on a poorly understood, hidden world, while testifying to the tremendous power that comes from overcoming isolation and accepting one’s self. It’s a luminous dive into the quest for personal healing and universal humanity. The film follows Christiane (pictured above), a high school French teacher, and her friend Aïssata, who works in finance. They had no clue that the process of immigrating to Canada and integrating into a new culture would contribute to the breakup of their families, which fractured as a result of domestic violence.
NOTE: Into the Light was released on November 25, 2020 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.