Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

A 12-year old American child sets out to make a documentary about the Apollo Mission, titled "The Spirit of Apollo." After reading dozens of books about the space program, on one hand, she finds her focus shifting from the American effort to land a man on the moon to the Soviet's side of the story. At the same time, she is troubled by the American Space Program's roots in Nazi rocket science. Through the process of research, she comes to realize that the spirit of aerospace is best embodied by Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the relentless visionary of the Soviet program, and the purest pivotal moment of the space program was the launch of the Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. The filmmaker ended up abandoning the Spirit of Apollo, and, instead, paid homage to the Sputnik. More importantly, the documentary touches on the global political consequences of the space race: it elevated traditional warfare into nuclear warfare, and by balancing the capacities of the superpowers, it created that delicate balance of power, hinging - to this day - on the concept of mutual assurance of destruction. The 8th grader director asks difficult questions about the price of national security and interviews Sergei Khrushchev, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's son, confidant and space engineer, to validate her point that the space race actually laid the crucial foundation for our détente.

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Running Time
10 minutes
Documentary, History, War
Summer Royal
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
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Comments about documentary «Sputnik: The Shock of the Century» (22)

Terry avatar

I would highly recommend that anyone who is deciding whether or not to go and see it does; you will most likely love it.

Donald M. avatar
Donald M.

I gave to all credit story writer and director. Actors they well performed, Must watch film 2 times in lifetime.

Doris Miller avatar
Doris Miller

Great movie, would watch again if I have the time.

Edward L. avatar
Edward L.

Not a 10 but definitely a worthy view. 

Michelle L. avatar
Michelle L.

It takes a very good movie to keep my attention. I found I had to remind myself to keep breathing!!

Samantha S. avatar
Samantha S.

The acting, directing, camera work, music and the script, everything about this movie is spot on.

Frances avatar

The coolest movie in cool movies history.

Carol W. avatar
Carol W.

This movie was the best movie I have ever seen. I am a huge Summer Royal fan and this movie was his finest.

Jesse Duncan avatar
Jesse Duncan

I'm surprised I've not watched it sooner but hugely enjoyed every moment of this film. This film is up there in my top 10 films!