Lebanon’s brief flirtation with space travel in the 1960s becomes a poignant metaphor for the Arab world’s utopian dreams in this riveting documentary by internationally acclaimed artist duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.
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Hadjithomas and Joreige are as ingenious with their documentaries as they are with their fiction films and installations. This is a brilliantly evocative documentary that does a lot with a long-forgotten snippet of academic history. Lebanon ought to consider these wonderful filmmakers national treasures.
Such an interesting subject deserved a better vehicle than this film. The ideas of memory, the power of ideology and the thirst for technological knowledge are well expressed early in the running time but the history and follow through is sadly lacking in the end.
The story that the film documents is worth the attention, but the film itself was in need of an editor. For instance, the animated segment at the end, terrible; cut it all out. Move the newsreels/interviews to the beginning, and use montages for the segments dealing with archival research, government documentation, and making/transporting the sculpture
Interesting documentary in a pendulum sense. Complex political, historical, economical, and global issues by one side. Children playing -rocket science- by the other side. It also made me think about documentary as a fuzzy genre and history as a compound narrative that includes fiction. Great during the last minutes.
A document about a forgotten part of Lebanese history that comes from the time of dreamers, revolutionaries, and science - but also spies, Cold War and the rise of nuclear threat. It features the key persons involved, presents us with the historical background, but you can sense the spirit of nostalgia for the long gone days of romantic ideas. I feel like this is a rare document by dreamers, for dreamers. Great work!
Ein Dokumentarfilm über Erinnerungskultur, die Naivität der Wissenschaft und die Tücken von Geschichte und Politik. Vielleicht ein wenig zu ausufernd, vielleicht ein wenig zu bemüht; aber auf alle fälle ein schönes Stück Geschichte.
Interesting enough subject matter, wrapped in a rather structurally unfocused packaging. Feels like it strays too much and too often from it's core subject. Fascinating though, how certain things just vanishes, both from collective consciousness/memory and from the annals of history.
Intriguing piece of documentary that tell about a neglected and hidden part of Lebanese history: their rocket programme that could have turned them into a space travelling and modern society if not events and neighboring countries had stopped them. It is a hopeful documentary even if it don't touch so much on events that may be the real reason for this rocket program to have been scrapped.