Houston We Have A Problem explores the myth that there were three players in the space race of the 1960s: the USA, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia, but Yugoslavia – in the middle of the Cold War - sold its space programme to the Kennedy Administration in a secret multi-million-dollar deal.
Shifting seamlessly between quasi-history, conspiracy theories, and much more, this docu-fiction/mockumentary is a fascinating and often strange film about the space race, international diplomacy, the Cold War, and belief, and much more besides. Perhaps the film also tells another story, that of the rise and fall of Yugoslavia itself.
As philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek, who appears in the film, wrly observes in regard to belief and truth, “Even if it didn’t happen, it’s true!”
A funny, strange, intriguing, and thoroughly entertaining film.
Screens with the short film The Yowie.
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