Let There Be Light

Quebec Premiere
  • Canada
  • 2017
  • 80 mins
  • English
  • French (subtitles)
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Hosted by Directors Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko

Official Selection: SXSW 2017, CPH:DOX 2017, DOXA 2017

What if we told you there was a way to build an artificial star on Earth? This isn’t science fiction. Rather, it is what ITER (the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is working on, in the southern French countryside. Assembling scientists from 37 different countries, ITER’s utopian project is very much like the building of a cathedral; so long and arduous that many of its key players might not see it to the end. Nonetheless, they persevere. Because, the project’s success would supply mankind with a perpetual source of clean energy for hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of years to come. If it fails, there is simply no going back: mankind must prove today that it has the intelligence to prevent its own extinction.

With LET THERE BE LIGHT, directors Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko invite you to the outer limits of the renewable energy discourse: nuclear fusion, a potentially world-changing alternative to fossil fuel – nothing short of harnessing the power of the Sun on Earth. Told with a fascinating clarity, and punctuated by gorgeous animated sequences bringing to life many of the eccentric inventors and milestone developments that bring us to ITER’s story today, LET THERE BE LIGHT takes us through 60 years of defiance and invention. It is the rare kind of environmental documentary to tackle the issue of energy, not with a doomsday-clock tone, but rather with a realistic and inspiring assessment of the challenges that will be necessary to escape our fate, and reach for the future. In short: a must-see for the “sci-” and the “sci-fi” minded alike.

- Ariel Esteban Cayer

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