To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mankind’s first landing on the Moon, Apollo 11 is being released theatrically and on line. The new documentary, a compilation comprised entirely of previously unseen archival footage, offers viewers an extraordinary ‘you are there’ experience of the moonshot, especially the film is seen on IMAX or other large screens.
The documentary is not only a thrill ride. It is extremely thought provoking. Looking at the footage from our present point of view, from this moment in human evolution, the documentary is an affecting sample of inspiring nostalgia. The moonshot was one event in a larger program designed to expand human knowledge about our physical universe and enhance our insight about our place in it. The government’s progressive space program may have originated in the cold war race to space, but it was also considered to be an essential expansion of possibilities for human kind. It was as forward thinking as any human endeavor could be. Now, 30 years later, the space program is a thing of the past. What was progressive has become nostalgic, and one wonders what that indicates about human priorities, aspirations and goals. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.