31 January 2012

Kosmica is a monthly event run by The Arts Catalyst that brings together people interested in sharing cultural ideas about space and will take over The Box at FACT tonight ( check out this previous blog for more info).

We were excited to find out that there will be a special screening of Ulrike Kubatta's She Should Have Gone to the Moon, a documentary about the American Pilot Jerri Truhill. She was a pilot in the 1950s and joined 12 other people to be secretly trained to become America's first female astronauts as part of the Mercury 13. Originally more than 100 pilots had been invited, those with more than 1000 hours of flight time, but it was only 13 that could pass the strenuous testing. (This involved the freezing of the inner ear and electric shocks!) Unfortunately the Mercury 13 never made it to the moon, the male prejudice at the time proved too much. The first woman in space was Russian, Valentina Tereshkova in 1963, American had their first woman in space 20 years after this.

She Should Have Gone to the Moon explores the question - what was it like to get so close to leaving the Earth's atmosphere but still keeping your feet firmly on the ground? Instead of making a "normal documentary", the director puts herself in Jerrie's shoes, trying to get just a taste of what it might have been like to be her in the 1960s as well as interviewing Jerri in the present day.

Kosmica will take place between 7pm - 10pm tonight and Ulrike be on hand to introduce her film. Entry is free, but tickets required. Book online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 0871 902 5737.