In recent days, September 12, was the 54th birthday of Anousheh Ansari. Having dreamed of traveling to space since she was a child, she finally became the first female space tourist in the world and also the first Iranian, two days after her 40th birthday in September 2006 by the Russian Space Agency as one of the spacecraft passengers. Soyuz began its space journey and returned to Earth after nine days. In a book called "My Dreams for the Stars", Ansari describes his biography and the path he took to and from space travel. But in addition, so far, two films have been made focusing on this character. "Sepideh", a Danish documentary about an Iranian girl, and "Space Tourists", a Swiss production, document the path taken by Anousheh Ansari. On the occasion of his birth and also the 15th anniversary of the beginning of his space trip, we have taken a look at these two films.
- Director : Christine Fry
- Product : 2009
This Swiss documentary deals with two issues in parallel. From the point of view of a photographer named Jonas Benediksen, he depicts the arduous lives of poor collectors of metals and scraps left over from missiles in Kazakhstan. This is because the plains of Kazakhstan are the site of landings and launches of spacecraft and rockets launched by the Russian Space Agency. Benedixon has been following the lives of these people for many years, and in "Space Tourists" we meet many people who risk their lives to collect rocket debris. The film also features characters such as Anousheh Ansari and Charles Simoni, one of Microsoft's most important figures to emerge as the first space tourists to leave Earth.
"Space Tourists" The $ 20 million paid for this trip documents the minutes of the Iranian woman's journey into space and the conditions created for her in the spacecraft, which create fascinating and exciting scenes for those who are interested in this space and space travel. Has been beaten. The film has been screened at many European film festivals, such as the Swiss Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, and has won numerous awards. Unfortunately, this film has not been shown in Iran after 12 years.
Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars
- Director : Britt Madsen
- Product : 2013 li>
Sepideh Hoshyar, who lives in a small town in Fars province, loves astronomy and astronomy. Sepideh's housing restrictions and other issues have created many obstacles to the teenage girl's dream, but she is trying to pursue her interest. Sepideh has been fighting with her family, especially her mother and uncle, for more than five years in order to gain their consent to become an astronomer. This is the story of the documentary "Dawn: Reaching the Stars", which intends to take a different look at the life of this Iranian teenager in deprived areas. The highlight of the film is its Danish director, Britt Madsen. Madsen's wife is of Iranian origin and the two met Sepideh for the first time at an astronomy festival in Iran and decided to make a documentary in Persian based on the life of this Iranian girl. But the point that connects this documentary to Anousheh Ansari is that Sepideh Hoshyar is influenced by this Iranian space tourist and sets her as a role model.
Ansari herself is also present in the final few scenes of this film. . "Dawn: Reaching for the Stars" was welcomed by audiences and critics at foreign festivals, and in the same year of production, 2013, it reached the Fajr Film Festival and was screened in its international section. Despite the negative reactions of some Iranian critics and the media to the film, which saw it as an unrealistic representation of women's problems and their right to education in Iran, the film was well received at the Fajr Film Festival.
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