Burning in the Sun Documentary Screening

Burning in the SunOn Thursday, July 9, the Farmington Libraries will hold a screening of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning film Burning in the Sun, a documentary that follows a young West African man who starts a business building solar panels from scratch and selling them to rural customers in Mali. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive.

The film profiles Daniel Dembélé, a twenty-six year old in Mali who starts a business building recycled solar panels from scraps in an effort to provide electricity to rural households in a country where 99% lack it. Burning in the Sun is story about how dreams, the entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainability can create a better future for a developing country.

This event is part of Farmington Libraries’ adult summer reading program, centered around the 2009 memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, a young inventor growing up in poverty-stricken Malawi. Unable to afford school, William spent his spare time teaching himself about electricity using library books, eventually building a wind-powered turbine out of salvaged materials in order to provide his family with electricity.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance for this program by calling the library at 860-673-6791, using the online registration form, or visiting the Information Services Desk.

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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