Did humankind really walk on the Moon in 1969? Was the Apollo mission just a huge hoax, whose iconic footage was filmed on Earth?
In the mockumentary Dark Side of the Moon, the director examines the United States' relationship with the film industry and its ability to produce entertainment. At the height of the Cold War, the stakes involved in space exploration, which was essential to regaining the United States' prestige, meant that there was no room for failure. But how far can Nixon go to win this relentless battle against the Soviets? The previous year saw the release of Stanley Kubrick's acclaimed film 2001: A Space Odyssey. What links did the director have with NASA and the US government at that time? For decades, sceptics have been claiming that this historic event never took place and was filmed in a studio... Could the film's sets have been used by the government to fake the first steps on the Moon, a major event watched by 600 million people?
Between lies and truths, real witnesses playing their own part (Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, Buzz Aldrin, Christiane Kubrick...) and actors, authentic and altered archives, this film mixes real facts with other, completely fabricated ones. Playing with irony and lies, it aims to entertain and raise the issue of the use of archives, which can be made to say anything you want.
Direction: William Karel
Production: Point du Jour & ARTE France