Watch: An alternative Re-telling of the Zambian Space Program In ‘Afronauts’Juxtapoz // Friday, 19 Apr 2013
In the 1960s at the height of the space race during the Cold War, a grade school science teacher named Edward Makuka Nkolso headed up the newly independent Zambia's space program at an old farmhouse. Nkoloso was serious and applied for a £7M grant from UNESCO and assembled a crew including a 17-year-old girl and two cats. The story inspired photographer Christina de Middel's series Afronauts and now filmmaker Frances Bodomo to shoot a short film funded on Kickstarter.
“I am extremely excited to tell an underdog story from the perspective of exiles and outsiders, the people who most need the promises of the space race. The people whose stories are lost or silenced to an iconic mainstream history that documents fact. What do you do when you can’t get “out there”?” - Frances Bodomo