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Blue Hour: SPACESHIP EARTH

Director: Kevin McMahon

The idea that Earth is an isolated spaceship dates back to the 19th century, but it was not “proven” until Christmas Eve of 1968 when the US Apollo mission rounded the dark side of the Moon and astronauts aboard took the famous “Earthrise” photos. Broadcasting the pictures back to Earth, astronaut Jim Lovell commented: "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth."

Even in those years, before most scientists understood global warming, there was a vague sense that post-war environmental disasters – and the constant nuclear threat – threatened all life. Eventually the hippie-led movement faded and the phrase “spaceship Earth” fell out of fashion. The Earth photo remains omnipresent, though it is most often used to promote economic “globalization”.

Today, we are so far from a general understanding of the reality that Earth is a closed ship that it has taken a tedious decade-long debate simply to get a slight majority of the population to vaguely understand the mechanics of global warming. Indeed there are branches of science still struggling to accept the absolute power humanity has acquired But it is obvious to most scientists and technological analysts. Even as the Earthrise photo faded from public interest, it continued to resonate deeply within the scientific community and led to the most important paradigm shift since Copernicus. For the first time, scientists realized that understanding life required them to stop dissecting nature down to its tiniest parts and, instead, look at its connections. That began the “systems thinking” that defines sophisticated science in the 21st century. Now, having explored the new paradigm for half a century, science has drawn some conclusions. SPACESHIP EARTH is a poetic report on what they have learned. 

Filmed in many locations – including Frankfurt – it’s a German/Canadian/Japanese collaboration overseen by ARTE/ZDF. Directed by Kevin McMahon, Canada’s top environmental documentary maker, and narrated by Sarah Polley.

Following the film, Marita Hübinger, ZDF / arte, will lead a conversation with author and director Kevin McMahon in English.


 

Screening  |  Filmvorführung

Blue Hour: SPACESHIP EARTH

23. März 2018, 17 Uhr

 

Instituto Cervantes, Staufenstraße 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main


Das Projekt wird unterstützt von

PEI

Polytechnische Gesellschaft


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