Washington, D.C. Premiere Daniel Dembele is a 26-year-old charmer who 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 percent of which live without power. Burning in the Sun tells the story of Daniel’s journey growing the shaky startup into a viable company, and of the impact of his business on his first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Strikingly beautiful, surprisingly emotional and a revolution of ideas, this film presents a portrait of what it means to be African and green. Directed and produced by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson. Co-produced by Claire Weingarten.
Introduced by Nicole Shivers, National Museum of African Art. Discussion with filmmaker Claire Weingarten follows screening.