April 16, 2013


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's Green Screens series will host a screening of "Burning in the Sun" on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

The event is co-presented as part of the University's Film/Media Studies Series.

Admission is $2 per person; Campus Dollars are accepted. The Campus Theatre is located at located at 413 Market Street in Lewisburg.

"Burning in the Sun" is a 2010 documentary by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson. It relates the story of 26-year-old Daniel Dembélé who returns to his homeland in Mali to start a local business building solar panels, the first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation. His goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99 percent of which live without power.

The film tells the story of Dembélé's journey growing the budding idea into a viable company, and of the business' impact on his first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Addressing climate change, poverty, and self-sufficiency, the film demonstrates how a small-scale, local business model can provide jobs, appropriate technology, and empowerment to people everywhere.

Dina El-Mogazi, director of the BUEC Campus Greening Initiative, will lead a post-screening discussion.

For more information, see www.bucknell.edu/x2250.xml, e-mail environmental.center@bucknell.edu or call the Environmental Center at 570-577-1490.

Contact: Division of Communications