Documentary Space Odyssey

Have you always secretly wished to travel to space or were you rather interested in the lives of those to whom the rules of gravitation do not apply inside their space shuttles? Whether you are driven by a desire to push the limits or by pure curiosity, you can embark on a free documentary space journey in the week from Monday, November 24 to Sunday, November 30 under the guidance of!

Infinite, thrilling and fascinating; that is how we picture space in our minds. However, how is it seen by the documentary camera? Enter zero gravity and be carried away by the minutes of almost dozen films introducing various aspects of discovering the outer space; the life of astronauts, the space inspiration in contemporary art and literature as well as the impact of cosmic research on civilization and the vision of its future.

The contrast between the life of “space rangers”, astronauts and those who watch them from the earth is in the focus of the film SPACE TOURISTS by renowned Swiss director Christian Frei. While the brave men and women set out on their cosmic adventures, Kazakh scrap metal collectors wait for parts of their machines to fall off to the ground. The specific world of astronauts who personally experience journeys that civilization has dreamed of for centuries is explored in the German feature-length film I AM IN SPACE, presenting interviews revealing the individual stories of persons embodying the vision and effort of the whole society.

The abstract level of reflection on the nature of the relationship between exact science controlling cosmic research and traditional religious ideas of the world and its origin is conveyed in the documentary THE BATTLEFIELD TITAN. Do science and religion always oppose each other or can they be mutually enriching? A multi-layered approach to storytelling is also employed in the metaphoric film MUSHROOM by Czech director Vít Janeček. Would you like to know how the workings of human civilization can be explained through the structure of fungus? Watch the documentary until Sunday for free!

The series of feature-length films is accompanied by several short documentaries of diverse genres. The short experimental film NIGHT SWEAT focuses on the tension of exact scientific representation through analogue images. An experiment, this time a physical one, constitutes the plotline of RANDOM PRINCIPLE pointing out the role of anomaly in science. The week-long documentary space trip is wrapped up by the film short story BLACK SUN overlapping with sci-fi literature.

**Get rid of your terrestrial reins and drift with the space documentaries at from November 24 to 30 for free! **

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