The documentary film A Life Beyond Earth (ALBE) comes from the passion for the outer space and the irreducible tension towards it summarized by the question: “Are we alone in the Universe?” Space as a boundless, mysterious, obscure place – perhaps inhabited by other forms of intelligent life – where very ”terrestrial themes” can be re-launched on a cosmic scale.
Arthur Clarke, the British science fiction writer, and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, once said: “Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.”
ALBE starts from this observation and shows the particular interpretation of it by eight characters – direct and indirect protagonists of exceptional events that have changed their lives.
The stories of “aliens”, “sightings”, “contacts” and “abductions” offer the opportunity to face essential human issues related to the construction of identity and our relationship with the world and the Otherness.
That extraterrestrials exist or not it is irrelevant to the story. What really matters is the possibility that these “Other” offer us: a radical change of perspective on the world in which – for now – we live.
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