Energy Pioneers

The Long Way to the Energy Miracle

Official film description

The portrait of two energy pioneers and their young comrades-in-arms who are passionately fighting against climate change.

The Swiss ETH professor Hansjürg Leibundgut has developed a revolutionary heating system that can store solar energy in the earth. The Californian entrepreneur James Ehrlich wants to reinvent urban living with his concept of "ReGen Villages". A film about obstacles, crises and the power of an idea.

Notes on the film

The film shows progress, but also setbacks and difficulties in the field of energy innovation and combines this with the fates and individual motivations of the protagonists. Especially in the second half the film gets a very personal twist.

Further reviews

Because the film provides only a few facts, it remains unfortunately unclear how justified praise and criticism of the projects are. On the other hand, the human side is positive: the energy pioneers are not stylized into heroes. – SRF

Director Samuel Stefan's film above all makes it clear that everyone who works on solutions for the energy system transformation needs a very long breath first and foremost. – Jungfrau Zeitung

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Samuel Stefan
Script: Samuel Stefan, Nick Oakley
Production: Lomotion AG
Music: Sandra Stadler, Bänz Isler
Actors: Bertrand Piccard, James Ehrlich, Hansjürg Leibundgut, Niklaus Haller, Marjolein Shiamatey
Year: 2018
Duration: 72 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): German, French, English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Switzerland
Shooting Locations: Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Italy, United States, Sweden
Our age recommendation: 14
Screening rights: Filmbringer ()

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Main topic(s): Energy Innovation Human Potential
Secondary topics: innovation climate courage sufficiency
Mentions: climate energy climate change ReGen Villages emission free heating visionary sustainability housing architecture Solar Decathlon solar energy self sufficiency smart neighborhoods
Topic Page(s): Innovation Energy Human Potential

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