Dir. Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | Canada | 2017 | 80 mins
Is it possible to create an artificial sun? The race to find fossil-free energy sources has never been more intense, as many physicists and scientists speculate that this may be the only hope for future life on Earth.
Let There Be Light tells the incredible story of the most complex machine ever invented: the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), currently being built out of a million pieces in the south of France. The stakes are high as this project stands to either solve our energy problems or be the most expensive failure in history.
Meanwhile, set against the monstrous scale of this project and its science fiction–like qualities, maverick engineers in improvised laboratories also hustle to achieve the same results for a fraction of the cost. Told with eye-opening clarity, by many of the colourful inventors working in fusion today, Let There Be Light traverses fusion’s 60-year history of defiance and invention.
It is the rare documentary that tackles the its issues, not with an alarmist tone but with a realistic and inspiring assessment of the challenges necessary for us to escape our fate and to reach for the future.
The screening will be introduced by the Director, and followed by a panel discussion: Powering a changing world - the great energy debate.
Mila Aung-Thwin (Emmy Award-winning director) is a guest of the Festival.
Every feature length film at EFFA 2017 is screening with an Australian short. Shing Hei Ho's No Pain, No Train will screen before this session. Melbourne’s outer east is still waiting for their ride into town nearly five decades after the Rowville Rail was first proposed.
EFFA is proud to support Canadian arts and film through a partnership with the High Commission of Canada in Australia.