Burning In the Sun

Synopsis                                                                                                                            26-year-old charmer 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.  Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man, and what it takes to prosper as a nation.

“Riveting…the ramifications are extraordinary”                                                                —James Van Maanen, TRUST MOVIES


WINNER—International Green Film Award, Cinema for Peace Awards, 2012

WINNER—Grand Jury Prize, Best EarthVision Environmental Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival, 2010

WINNER—Audience Award, Best Environmental Film, Indie Spirit Film Festival, 2010

WINNER—Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, Doc Utah, 2010