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School Bd/College/University DVD: $325


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 83 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

An inspirational portrait of a young West African man who starts a business building solar panels from scratch and selling them to rural customers in Mali.

26-year-old Daniel Dembélé is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels -- the first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation.

Daniel's goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99% of which live without power. BURNING IN THE SUN tells the story of Daniel's journey growing the budding idea into a viable company, and of the business' impact on Daniel's first customers in the tiny village of Banko.

Addressing climate change, poverty, and self-sufficiency, the film demonstrates how a small-scale, local business model can provide jobs, appropriate technology, and empowerment to people everywhere.

The film also explores what it means to grow up as a man, and a vision of what it takes to prosper as a nation.

Note: There are two versions of this program on the same DVD: 83-minutes and 22-minutes.

"Part business plan and part 'how-to' video, Burning in the Sun reflects the potential for positive change that comes when people cooperate and put aside personal profit for more altruistic ends...This film teaches viewers not only about the power of education, but that projects dedicated to producing sustainable energy sources, similar to Daniel's, are possible beyond Mali. Highly Recommended."
- Jason Harshman, The Ohio State University, Educational Media Reviews Online

Grand Jury Prize, Best Environmental Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival
Audience Award, Indie Spirit Film Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature,

Screened at:
Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival
FICMA, Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Sedona International Film Festival
New York African Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Landlocked Film Festival
Real to Reel Film Festival
Roxbury Film Festival
Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival
EcoFocus Film Festival
Scottsdale International Film Festival
Kansas International Film Festival
Vermont International Film Festival
Duke City Doc Fest
Bend Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
Lone Star Film Festival
Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
Whitehead International Film Festival
Cascade African Film Festival
Princeton Environmental Film Festival

Links: burninginthesun.wordpress.com/ - film's website

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