Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space
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Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space is a documentary film by Denis Delestrac with a music score by Amon Tobin. The film deals with the issue of space weapons and their politics, featuring interviews with several key United States military personal, academics such as Noam Chomsky and others, including Martin Sheen. The film won the Best Documentary award at the 2009 Whistler Film Festival and has been selected in a number of international film festivals.
|Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space|
|Directed by||Denis Delestrac|
|Produced by||Lucie Tremblay, Jeremy Edwardes, Brice Garnier, ARTE France|
|Written by||Denis Delestrac, Harold Crooks|
|Narrated by||Mikela Jay|
|Music by||Amon Tobin|
|Editing by||Alam Raja|
|Distributed by||Films Transit International|
|Running time||85 minutes|
|Country||Canada - France|
|Language||English - French|
 SynopsisThe prospect of Earth being ruled from space is no longer science-fiction. The dream of the original Dr. Strangelove, Wernher von Braun (from Nazi rocket-scientist to NASA director) has survived every US administration since World War II and is coming to life. Today the technology exists to weaponize space, a massive American industry thrives, and nations are maneuvering for advantage.
 ProductionAmong the challenges faced by the production team was the difficulty to get the authorization to bring a camera inside the Air Force Space Command bases and other US military and government locations. After four months of investigation, the US Department of Defense's public relations office decided to grant Denis Delestrac and his crew the access to the locations they had requested. It is the first time most of the Air Force Space Command bases have been filmed by a civilian crew.
- Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama
- Air Force Space Command's 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Starfire Optival Range, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- The Space Foundation, National Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- The White House, Washington DC
- US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- US Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- US Department of Defense, Arlington, Virginia
- United States House of Representatives, Washington DC
- White Sands Missile Range, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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 Theatrical versionThe 85-minute theatrical version screened at international film festivals since November 2009 and will be released in theaters across Canada in June 2010.
 ARTE versionA 76-minute version, titled "Pax Americana ou la conquête militaire de l'espace", was created for French-German broadcaster and co-producer ARTE. It was broadcast in March 2010 and was followed by a debate on the weaponization of space including French TV host Annie-Claude Elkaïm with Samuel Black (Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington DC), Otfried Nassauer (Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security, Berlin) and Xavier Pasco (Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris)
 52 minutes versionA 52-minute version was edited for the French-Canadian public broadcaster Radio Canada (dubbed and narrated in French) and for the international TV market (in English).
 CBC versionThis 43-minute version, titled "Masters of Space", premiered on CBC-TV and repeated on CBC News Network in April 2010 as part of the scientific and environmental program "The Nature of Things", presented and narrated by acclaimed Canadian environmental activist David Suzuki.
 Festivals and awards
- Best Documentary Award, Whistler Film Festival 2009 (Canada)
- Official Selection, International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam « IDFA » 2009 (Netherlands)
- Official Selection, Festival international de programmes audiovisuels « FIPA » 2010 (Biarritz, France)
- Official Selection, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2010 (Greece)
- Official Selection, Victoria Film Festival, 2010 (Canada)
- Official Selection, Planete Doc Review Film Festival, 2010 (Varsaw, Poland)
- Official Selection, « DOXA » Documentary Festival, 2010 (Vancouver, Canada)
- Official Selection, London International Documentary Festival, 2010 (London, UK)
- Official Selection, Sci-Fi London, 2010 (London, UK)
- Official Selection, Madrid International Documentary Festival, 2010 (Madrid, Spain)
- Official Selection, Encounters International Documentary Festival, 2010 (Cape Town, South Africa)
- Opening Film, Oxdox International Documentary Festival, 2010 (Oxford, UK)
- Official Selection, DocAviv International Documentary Festival, 2010 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
 SoundtrackThe original soundtrack was composed by electronic artist and DJ Amon Tobin who created the Pax Americana Theme and other exclusive tracks for the movie. Additionally, Pax Americana features a number of artists signed by the London based label Ninja Tune like Coldcut, Blockhead, Bonobo and Neotropic as well as Montréal based DJ Champion.
- ^ Dodds, Katherine (2010-05-11). "PAX AMERICANA and the Weaponization of Space tonight at DOXA in Vancouver!". rabble.ca. http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/hellocoolworld/2010/05/pax-americana-and-weaponization-space-tonight-doxa-vancouver. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
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Page 30 - Treaty undertake not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, install such weapons on celestial bodies, or station such weapons in outer space in any other manner.
Page 77 - In the coming period the US will conduct operations to, from, in and through space to support its national interests both on the earth and in space. . . . We know from history that every medium — air, land and sea — has seen conflict. Reality indicates that space will be no different. Given this virtual certainty, the US must develop the means both to deter and to defend against hostile acts in and from space.
Page 78 - Many think of space only as a place for passive collection of images or signals or a switchboard that can quickly pass information back and forth over long distances. It is also possible to project power through and from space in response to events anywhere in the world.
Page 45 - We seek neither military superiority nor political advantage. Our only purpose — one all people share — is to search for ways to reduce the danger of nuclear war. My fellow Americans, tonight we're launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history.
Page 34 - In the next two decades, new technologies will allow the fielding of space-based weapons of devastating effectiveness to be used to deliver energy and mass as force projection in tactical and strategic conflict...
Page 11 - Dominating the Space Dimension of Military Operations to Protect US Interests and Investment," and "Integrating Space Forces into Warfighting Capabilities Across the Full Spectrum of Conflict.
Page 77 - ... to its allies and friends in our highly complex international environment. Space is not simply a place from which information is acquired and transmitted or through which objects pass; it is a medium much the same as air, land, or sea. In the coming period, the US will conduct operations to, from, in, and through space in support of its national interests both on Earth and in space.
Page 22 - States that the exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, shall be for peaceful purposes, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interest of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind...
Page 64 - In the closing months of World War II he led more than 100 of his fellow scientists to the West and surrendered to the Allied Powers. Dr. von Braun came to the United States In September 1945, under contract to the US Army. He directed high-altitude firings of captured V-2 rockets at White Sands Missile Range, N.
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