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The two must-see films that deal with climate and energy issues are easily found in the plentiful programme of Helsinki Documentary Film Festival – DocPoint 2018. If you are interested in seeing what happens in a conference that discusses roadsigns for our future or if you’d like to explore what goes on in creating an artificial star to fullfill humanity’s energy needs, these are the two films you want to see:

In Guardians of the Earth (2017), director Filip Antoni Malinowski takes the audience behind the closed doors of the 2015 Paris Climate Summit to get a closer look at the negotiations that paved the way for the future of the Earth. After 21 years of trying to come to an agreement in climate issues, this summit was the place where the first ever legally binding global climate agreement (the Paris Agreement) was finally reached.

Let There Be Light (2017), directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko, explores nuclear fusion research and follows the story of the building of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The reactor that is being built in France with an international collaboration is a so-called artificial star – a sun – that could provide clean energy for our planet’s energy needs for millions of years.

Both films make us want to see them. Definitely. Catching a glimpse of what’s happening behind the doors of a climate summit and diving into the world of nuclear fusion to save the planet are both as thrilling.

DocPoint takes place from Jan 29th to Feb 4th 2018 in Helsinki, Finland and in Tallinn, Estonia. Along with films, the festival has an array of side events such as seminars, clubs, panels and talks.