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Composite Historical Documentaries in the Age of Obama-Sundance Film Review #1: Afronauts

Well, I finally scored some Sundance tickets. I originally had tickets for “Mitt” butt I traded them for this premiere when I found out “Mitt” would be available on Netflix on January 24th. So instead I went to Afronauts, the  hottest short filum (that’s Sundance speak for “film”) at the “Dance” this year.

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Afronauts is based (loosely) on a true story, translated into a photo essay by Spanish artist Cristina de Middel, brought to life for the silver screen by director Frances Bodomo, a Ghanaian filmmaker, and funded in part by Kickstart and a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Grant. The film tells a mostly fictional tale (not unlike this review, and much of my blog, come to think of it) set in 1969 of the newly independent nation of Zambia’s unofficial efforts to beat the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to the moon. {{{SPOILER ALERT}}} They didn’t.

Fictional in most respects, “The Afronauts” nonetheless opens with an enlarged reprint of an actual letter from one Zambian minister to another, saying that “America and Russia may lose the race to the Moon, according to Edward Mukaka Nkoloso, Director of the Zambia National Academy of Space Research.” The program needed money, though.

Hey! I may have stumbled upon the ancestral lineage of all those Nigerian Bank Scams!

nigerian-bank-scam-20-part-1-L-NrkouIHow about you give me $3500 and your bank account number, and I’ll send you $35,700,000.

23-JAMBO-640x640With your help of only $5 a day, or more, this Zambian Afronaut will be ready to launch...

I did mention Afronauts was based on a true story, didn’t I?

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Butt it was embellished a bit by the filmmaker, transforming an insignificant local story into a compelling “alternate history” of the 1960’s Space Race.

Not altogether different from how Big Guy and the compliant media transformed his rather insignificant life “story” as a local community organizer and lecturer of Constitutional Law into a compelling “alternate history” that drove the Presidential Race of 2008.  With all the art and artifice of a Hollywood blockbuster, BO’s  birth story,  composite life, composite loves, and composite education were spun into a tale of “the Won we’ve been waiting for.” Pure magic.  And the sequel has proved to be equally fantastical:  “alternative histories” of everything from  Obamacare, the unemployment rate, inflation, Benghazi, Fast & Furious...well, you get the picture. So take note: “alternative history.” It’s the way everything from the  1960’s “Space Race” to the “Great Obama Economic Recovery, 2009-2016” will be taught in Common Core. 

Butt getting back to the Afronauts: Frances begins our story in1964, where grade school science teacher Edward Makuka Nkoloso has established the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research, and Astronomical Research in an old farmhouse 7 miles outside of Lusaka, Zambia (That’s in Africa, for those of you at Sundance). He had no sheckels, butt he had HOPE. And what he hoped for was to launch a space girl (17-year-old Matha) and two cats into space before the Americans or Russians. 

To prepare his astronauts, Nkoloso rolled them down hills in 44-gallon oil drums or cut the rope of a swing at its highest point to simulate weightlessness. In the reimagining of Ms. Middel’s photo book of faux re-creation, she provides the story with high tech space explorer equipment Nkoloso couldn’t afford: spacesuits sewn from African fabric, helmets made of streetlamp globes and abandoned concrete-mixing drum space capsules.

space gear copyStreet lamps and concrete mixing drums: I’m starting to see some possible problems.

According to Nkoloso, the lack of money and a proper space ship were not his biggest problems. In a letter he wrote to another Zambian Minister, he complained that his budding astronauts “don’t concentrate on spaceflight.” “There’s too much lovemaking when they should be studying the Moon.” Eventually, his “first colored space girl,” Matha, became pregnant and was punished with a baby so her parents made her go home. Advantage USA/USSR!

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I’m going to buy Big Guy the DVD as soon as it’s released because I know he’s still struggling with how to fundamentally transform our NASA program now that  our “mooslim-centric” space project is in the can.

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And I know he’s always looking for another Obamacare squirrel.

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Maybe this is just what the doctor ordered.

That’s all for now, I’m off to a Sundance afterglow. HOPE I get to bump frames with some celebs!!!

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Tags: africa, obama, race, space, sundance

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Comment by Frankmusic on January 23, 2014 at 5:23pm

Comment by Richard A. Bachert on January 23, 2014 at 4:05pm

Sharon, These retards NEVER HAD IT!!

God willing, come the next election cycles,  THEY WILL GET IT!!!

Comment by Sharon Ostwinch on January 23, 2014 at 3:41pm

The liberals have totally lost it.

Comment by Richard A. Bachert on January 23, 2014 at 2:52pm
Stuff like this also explains why obozo put a black guy at the head of NASA.  He's probably shipping all that now surplus rocket and space hardware to Africa as we speak.

I never thought Hollywood could outdo "The Gods Must Be Crazy" and here they've done it.

And Terry, love ya man, but if you remember the "Bonus March" after WWI when McArthur and his then aide Eisenhower FORCED their fellow military brothers out of DC at bayonet point and burned all their stuff, we'll no doubt see a repeat of that in May.  If our side resists, it could easily kick off the "trouble" obozo and his  mindless minions seek.  Will either be the remake of "Seven Days in May", this time with a happy ending -- or not!  I'm praying for the happy ending.

Comment by Rich Knoch on January 23, 2014 at 2:32pm

More ABSOLUTE PROOF of the Left's Dementia - - they evidently skipped over open warfare that gave birth to Zambia, (breaking from Rhodesia) in the 1960's

What's needed is a movie about the pleasant-year-round-climate in the Arctic and why Leftist's should happily move there . . . expanding on the Left's symbiotic relationship with Polar Bears.  

Will rational taxpayers pay for their one-way-move?  YES

Trick Question:  When will Black Folks realize they are tools of the Left and are the Butt of Democrat jokes?

Comment by Terry Trussell on January 23, 2014 at 2:10pm

What will it take to get ALL Patriot organizations to coalesce toward ONE concerted effort and make a statement to be heard around the world? I belong to many, and support even more with my dollars and my voice. Col Riley's OAS (Operation American Spring) is set for May 16 in DC. His goal is 10-20 million on the sixteenth with a force of 1-2 million to remain in non-violent, non-confrontational occupation of the city until our demands are met: immediate removal from office of all senior executives (starting with the POTUS) and representatives with a record of violating their oaths of office, betraying the trust of the People, and many other high crimes and misdemeanors. Can we all unite in this one push to save our Republic?

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on January 23, 2014 at 1:23pm

LOL

Comment by Richard A. Bachert on January 23, 2014 at 1:18pm
This is SOOOO RACIST!
It's also a total HOOT!

My God, the madness is all around us and now, thanks to obozo and his worshipers and sycophants, WITHIN us.



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