The Other Side of Mars
NASA roboticist and Curiosity Rover driver Vandi Verma works on Mars on a daily basis from her desk at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Los Angeles. Her work relies entirely on images and their technologically advanced manipulation. This film is a philosophical journey into the intriguing world of Mars science. Through the lenses of various experts we learn how NASA’s images are created, used and manipulated for the sake of science but also for the public. Mars is the ideal place for an investigation into our paradoxical relationship to photography. Do images reflect reality or shape it?
Minna Långström is a director from Finland. Her short films have been screened at prestigious festivals such as Aesthetica Film Festival (UK), Tampere Film Festival (Finland) and Uppsala Film festival (Sweden). In addition to short films, she has worked extensively with film as a non-linear element of her immersive installations.