Join us for this screening of Prisoners of the Moon on the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon Landing.
This new documentary, from the director of Hubert Butler Witness To The Future, tells the story of Arthur Rudolph, a scientist who played a key role in NASA’s historic 1969 moon landing.
Rudolph was one of over 100 Nazi V-2 rocket engineers secretly brought to America in 1945 to work on the Cold War missile programme. He became a key figure in NASA’s space race, but was arrested in Toronto in 1990 on suspicion of being a war criminal.
The dramatised trial (featuring Jim Norton and Cathy Belton) animates this revelatory documentary which uses archive material, expert witness interviews, and the testimony of Jean Michel, a slave labour survivor of the subterranean wartime V-2 Rocket factory where some 20,000 people died. (Sunniva O'Flynn, IFI)
“A story that strikes the heart with its stark juxtaposition of the best and worst of the twentieth century…. particularly in terms of the counter it provides to cinema’s more glorified and less questioning accounts of America’s adventures in space.” Sight and Sound
"Fascinating documentary" Donald Clarke, Irish Times
Following the screen there will be a Q&A with Director Johnny Gogan and writer Nick Snow, which will be conducted by Darragh McIntyre (BBC, Panorama)
This event is presented in association with Irish Pages.