Date: Thursday 23 February 2017
Venue: AA Cinema
An AA Members' Screening of a film by Nelly Ben Haroun, Disaster Playground, 2014
We are so used to a particular version of disaster. We know what it looks like: Hollywood CGI. We know its characters: Bruce Willis as the ultimate hero, the scientist with terrible news, and the flawed president who is always presidential in a crisis. We know the dramatic rescues, the high-tech equipment, and the chain of command – that reassuring sense that someone, somewhere knows what to do…
The reality is, in fact, different. Disaster Playground is a ‘theatre of cruelty’, a critical platform where scientific surprise and its process can be more acclaimed than box-office success.
The film follows scientists leading the monitoring and deflection of hazardous Near Earth Objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the earth. From NASA and the SETI Institute to the White House and the United Nations, DISASTER PLAYGROUND follows the people who are responsible for protecting humanity from a potentially devastating asteroid impact.
Disaster Playground is a real film at the edge of space fiction: space decadence with a cutting edge approach through re-enactment of off-nominal situations by world-renowned space experts at NASA and the SETI Institute.
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