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"Space Tourists" at Sundance

Christian Frei's film "Space Tourists" makes its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next week. Frei, whose documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002, followed Anousheh Ansari's visit to the space station in 2006 (she shot much of...

Christian Frei's film "Space Tourists" makes its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next week. Frei, whose documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002, followed Anousheh Ansari's visit to the space station in 2006 (she shot much of her own footage).

Judging from the trailer and the film's website, this looks to be not your typical fare about space tourism. Ansari is among the most engaging personalities to travel into orbit in recent years, and Frei has gone beyond the usual story line to show us, for example, local Kazakhs hunting for scrap metal from fallen rockets.

We hope to post a full review when the film goes into general release.

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