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Into the Light

Gentille M. Assih
2020 | 79 min 46 s
Original French version with English subtitles

Long Description

Director's Note

Interview with the filmmaker on the NFB blog





Gentille M. Assih

Photo : Nicolas Nault

Nathalie Cloutier
Producer and Executive Producer

Photo : Valérie Sangin

Colette Loumède
Executive Producer

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Christiane Eméssé Kafui Zanou
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Aïssata Cissé
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Chouchou Pyalo Assih
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Aïssata and Christiane
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Christiane and her sister
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Steve Patry // NFB
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Christiane and her father
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Chouchou and her family
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Promotional Materials

Graphic design


With the participation of
Christiane Eméssé Kafui Zanou
Aïssata Cissé
Chouchou Pyalo Assih

Produced by
Nathalie Cloutier

Researched, Written and Directed by
Gentille Menguizani Assih

Director of Photography
Steve Patry

Mathieu Bouchard-Malo

Sound Recording
Lynne Trépanier

Sound Design
Marie-Pierre Grenier

Production Manager
Andrée-Anne Frenette

Additional Sound Recording
Pierre Beaulieu
Julien Fréchette
Simon Plouffe

Ronin Operator
Amine Sahed

Production Assistant – Togo
Tchassim Toussin

Technical Support – Editing
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Mélanie Bouchard

Translation and Subtitling

Online Editing and Colourization
Yannick Carrier

Dialogue Editing
Ariel Harrod

Nicolas Gagnon

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Jean Paul Vialard

Original Music
François Cloutier

Additional Music

“Elle n’a pas vu”
Composed and performed by Charlotte Dipanda

“Chéri ton disque est rayé”
Composed and performed by Patience Dabany

“Quelqu’un laisse quelqu’un prend”
Composed by Wilfried Privat Tetchi Ossohou, Stéphane Eric Tetchi Akpe, Yannick Martial Kouassi, Jean Luc Hervé Yoman Yoro
Performed by Bénédiction

Music Copyright Clearance
Sylvia Mezei

Thanks to
Abalo Kougbamokou
Cedric Assignon
Grace Assignon
Dr. Célestin Badjagbo Koffi
Awumey Edem
Marie-Josée Zanou
Thomas Zanou
Vital Zanou

Thanks also to
Moussa Adou
Léonie Amouzou
Alexis Ange
Ayité Atayi
Justine Djelou
Philomène Dote
Rachel Isidkenu Gbadamassi
Perpétue Hounsinou
Rodlyne Jean
Emlor Jeanne
Pallo Manaa
Patron Mandjadéou Assih
Marie-Ève Talbot
Vinh Tang
Tindane Thomas
Ariane Turmel-Chénard
Audrey Yelle-Béland
Kossiwa Zinsou

Embassy of the Togolese Republic in Canada
Clinique PhysioExtra
Direction nationale de la cinématographie du Togo
Garderie Les Libellules
Paroisse Sacré-Cœur Junior de Tokoin Est à Lomé

Legal Advisor
Christian Pitchen

Press Relations
Marie-Claude Lamoureux

Marketing Manager
Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Marketing Coordinator
Jolène Lessard

Sia Koukoulas

Studio Coordinators
Pascale Savoie-Brideau
Gabrielle Dupont

Production Coordinators
Pascale Savoie-Brideau
Chinda Phommarinh
Coralie Dumoulin
Joëlle Lapointe

Technical Coordinator
Mira Mailhot

Line Producer
Mélanie Lasnier

Executive Producers
Colette Loumède
Nathalie Cloutier

Media Relations

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