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Catching the Sun

USA and China – 2016

Clean Energy Feature Films Films

Screening:

  • Wednesday, September 14 - 6:00pm
    Universidad APEC, Santo Domingo
  • Thursday, September 15 - 1:00pm
    Liceo Científico Dr. Miguel Canela Lázaro, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo)
  • Friday, September 16 - 11:00am
    St. Michael’s School, Santo Domingo
An unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future. But who wins and who loses the battle for power in the 21st century? Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun captures the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Director: Shalini Kantayya Country: USA and China Year: 2016 Duration: 73min Language: English Subtitles: Spanish   Catching_Sun_Director_1Shalini Kantayya Shalini Kantayya, filmmaker and eco-activist, finished in the top 10 on Fox’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Her sci-fi film about the world water crisis, a DROP of LIFE, won Best Short at Palm Beach International, and was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. A William J. Fulbright Scholar, Shalini has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, IFP Spotlight on Documentary, New York Women in Film and Television, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is a Sundance Fellow, a TED Fellow, and was a finalist for the ABC Disney | Directors Guild of America Directing Fellowship.

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