Let There Be Light

2017, Canada-France-Italy-Switzerland-USA
90 min., col., language — English

Directors Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko 
Scriptwriter Mila Aung-Thwin
DoP Van Royko 
Music Trevor Anderson
Editing Mila Aung-Thwin, Gilda Purjabar
Producers Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin
Production Eye Steel Film
World Sales Submarine

In the southern French countryside, a group of dedicated scientists from 37 countries around the world are building an artificial star on Earth. Little it is known, that this idea first emerged on the island of Sakhalin in the 50s. If it works, it can lead the way to perpetual, cheap, clean energy for all mankind. If it fails, it will be one of the biggest scientific and political blunders of all time. Meanwhile, maverick inventors in garages are also trying to unlock nuclear fusion, but for a fraction of the cost. How close are we to achieving the holy grail of energy?

Artistic vision award, feuture competition, Big Sky documentary festival

Documentary producer and director. He has produced more than 25 feature documentaries, including «Up the Yangtze» (2007), «Forest of the Dancing Spirits» (2009), and the Emmy Award-winning «Last Train Home» (2009). He served as president for 5 years of RIDM, Montreal’s International documentary festival, as well as juror for the International Emmy Awards, AFI DOCS, the New Zealand Film Awards, and the Sundance Film Festival. He has also taught documentary film programs to emerging filmmakers in places such as Northern Canada, China and Myanmar.

Director of photography, director. Over the course of his career as cinematographer Van has collaborated on projects ranging from advertising campaigns and music videos, to art installations and feature documentaries (best known for feature documentaries «Monsoon» (2014) and «Koneline» (2016). «Let there be light» is his directorial debut in feature documentary.