Peter, Melissa, Ludivine and Tristan- four filmmakers from Les Films au Clair de Lune, a film association based in France, shot a documentary film, Nyimey Shugs (The Power of Sun), in Leh from October 21 to November 10. Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) was their supporting agency in Leh.
Les Films au Clair de Lune, or films clair de lune, is an organisation that has been working since 2012 to provide audio-visual service for associations and share their innovative approaches and inspire everyone. They raise awareness among the public on themes such as health, environment and education.
Nyimey Shugs is about the discovery of power of sunlight, technologies used to capture solar energy and its vast potential. The documentary aims to promote renewable energy in the Himalayan belt, especially Ladakh.
The main protagonists of the documentary are two children from different villages of Ladakh who go missing for a day in the unrelenting and cold weather in winters. Both these kids, who lived in a passive solar home, realised the hard life in winters and also the effort and energy that goes into collecting wood and fuel to keep their rooms warm. They wondered how, despite the rich abundance of solar energy at their disposal, the people of Ladakh were ignorant about this rich energy source.
Later, other children from that villager, including the two lost kids, visit Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) Office at Karzoo, an organisation that works in the field of renewable energy, to gather more information and also to seek support on construction of passive solar homes.
In the end, an active solar space heating system is set up in a house in Stakna village to inspire the villagers to construct such more houses