Can mankind create a small sun on Earth?
Clean, safe and unlimited power has been an obsession for scientists and inventors for centuries, and an underlying preoccupation for our society as a whole. Since the 1940s, when we first understood how the sun creates energy, nuclear fusion has been energy’s holy grail.
For decades, fusion has been delayed and thwarted by failure, miscalculation, fraud and politics. It has been maddeningly always just out of reach, which seems to make people obsess over it all the more. “Fusion is the energy of the future… and always will be,” goes one old joke.
But today, fusion is being pursued with a renewed zeal, mostly because we’ve never needed it like we do now. 37 countries are currently collaborating to build the biggest experiment ever, in order to prove that fusion is viable. Will we finally succeed, or will the project collapse under its own massive complexity? The film chronicles the work of the passionate scientists who are struggling to make it work.
Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs 2017
World Premiere at SXSW 2017
European Premiere at CPH:DOX 2017
Sarasota Film Festival 2017
Docs Against Gravity
Docs Barcelona – screenings 05/26/17 and 05/28/17
Big Sky 2017 – FEATURE COMPETITION ARTISTIC VISION AWARD
Writer/Director: Mila Aung-Thwin
Co-Director: Van Royko
Producer: Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin
Executive Producer: Daniel Cross
Cinematography: Van Royko
Editor: Mila Aung-Thwin, Gilda Pourjabar
Original Music by: Trevor Anderson