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Astronauts who have seen the Earth from space have often described the ‘overview effect’ as an experience that transformed their perspective on the planet, and mankind’s place upon it. Overview is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with astronauts who have been to space. Some riff on the experience like poets, describing the planet as sheathed in ‘dancing curtains of auroras.’ Others explain their heartache at seeing the globe’s beauty marred by clear-cut forests, erosion and other destructive effects of humanity.
Director: Guy Reid
Producer: Steve Kennedy
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