New to DVD this week:
LET THERE BE LIGHT
IDFA, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Krakow, Zurich, Sarasota, Leeds, Tallinn Black Nights, Guangzhou, DOXA, Guanajuato, Fantasia, Camden, Bergen
A group of international scientists and engineers attempt to harness the power of fusion.
Seeking solutions to the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and the environmental pollution and devastation that often results from their exploitation, thinkers from around the globe are attempting to build complex machines like tokamaks and stellarators – “artificial suns” which could provide clean and affordable energy via nuclear fusion. Aung-Thwin and Royko profile these efforts, focused largely on the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) tokamak, a massive project that likely won’t be completed until after its creators are long gone. Using creative animation to spruce up the science lesson, this appealing film succeeds in making the potentially offputting, educational-sounding subject matter palatable to a general audience.