A Moment in the Sun

Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States

Running time: 70 minutes - Language: English - Year: 2020

Film Summary

In the early days of solar vehicle racing one of the most unlikely competitors was a Turkish nuclear physicist living in Australia named Ugur Ortabasi. He designed a four-seated solar powered tandem bicycle only a mother could love but in true underdog fashion it would go on to win the 1986 World Championships of Solar Vehicles. The story behind this unlikely victory was anything but sunshine and smooth sailing.

Category: Other Environmental Category


Leslie and Oktay Ortabasi

A Moment in the Sun is Directed and Produced by film-making duo Leslie and Oktay Ortabasi. The primary focus of their documentary work is on wildlife, environment and sustainability. Their past projects include On The Wings of the Monarch, Backyard Bugs, Connections to the Land and In Search of the Pantanal. Oktay recently completed cinematography on Scott Saunder’s epic feature documentary The Nature Makers.