Space Tourists

Unclassified 18+
Christian Frei, 98 mins, Switzerland, 2009, Digital Betacam, English, Russian and Romanian with English subtitles. Source: Films Transit International. Courtesy: Films Transit International.

Space Tourists
Space Tourists
The age-old dream of the ordinary citizen leaving the earth's orbit and exploring space is the starting point for this extraordinary documentary. For the price of $20 million, self-made billionaire Anousheh Ansari fulfils her childhood dream and becomes the world's first female space tourist.

Director Christian Frei cuts between this Iranian-American woman's incredible journey and a group of scrap metal collectors who travel around the deserts of Kazakhstan on the hunt for precious fallout from various space rocket flights. The awe inspiring beauty of Ansari's journey into space is wildly contrasted with the surreal scavenger hunt that has become the  livelihood of these desert nomads, who drive around in mammoth trucks collecting fallen space 'junk'.

Underscoring the film's arresting images is the soundtrack by Russian composer Edward Artemyev, whose compositions also grace Tarkovsky's seminal sci-fi films Solaris and Stalker.

Dates   Thu 19 Jan 2012, 7pm
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