Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | Categories: Episodes
People gather during the official opening of Giant Sun Mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, on October 30, 2013. Residents of the remote village, who are nestled in a steep valley, can now enjoy winter sunlight thanks to the giant mirrors. (Krister Soerboe/AFP/Getty Images)
Many residents of the world's northern countries felt particularly beleaguered by the weather last winter. The snow seemed deeper, the wind colder, and the days darker.
The Norwegian town of Rjukan couldn't do much about the snow and cold, but it did do something about the darkness. As a valley town, it normally gets no direct sunshine for six months of a year. But one creative Norwegian defied the shadows, and the critics, to bring in the sun.
Earlier this year Jeffrey Kofman travelled to the town of Rjukan to find out how it managed to capture the light. This is his documentary Reflections of a town. It first aired in March.
Want to know more about the man behind the mirrors? Listen to this short clip from the documentary:
For the first time in its history, the little town that couldn't get sunshine was able to bask in the light. Here's how:
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