DIRECTED BY CHRISTIAN FREI
IN ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, AND ROMANIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Sponsored by Peroni, proudly sponsored by Schenck Company
How much is a week spent aboard the International Space Station worth to you? For an Iranian-American businesswoman named Anousheh Ansari it was worth about twenty million bucks. The burgeoning space tourism industry is a reality thanks in part to the crumbling and cash-strapped Russian Federal Space Agency that now allows these multi-millionaire adrenaline junkies transport to and from the ISS aboard their Soyuz vessels. But are vacations in space relegated to only the super rich, or will this one day be affordable to all? SPACE TOURISTS, the new film from Oscar-nominated Swiss documentarian Christian Frei (War Photographer, FFF 2006’s The Giant Buddhas), examines the question of whether or not space tourism is the next frontier of human exploration, or if it is a sad reminder of the noble efforts of a once great scientific industry. With extraordinary access and images of breathtaking beauty contrasted with Kazakh scrap metal collectors on the hunt for rocket stages that literally fall from the heavens, this amazing look at the Russian space program won the World Cinema Directing Award – Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.