She Should Have Gone to the Moon presents a uniquely personal chapter in the history of the space race, telling the astonishing story of the pilot and pioneer, Jerri Truhill, who was trained in 1961, as part of NASA’s top secret Mercury 13 programme, to become one of the FLATs (First Lady Astronaut Trainees). The documentary is a lyrical journey propelled by childhood aspirations, shattered dreams and a lifelong battle against female stereotypes and male prejudice.
She Should Have Gone To The Moon is a film about Jerri Truhill’s ambition to conquer the unknown and the filmmaker’s fascination with a woman who dared to break down all barriers in aviation. Set against the historical backdrop of the Space Race, the documentary both constructs an intimate portrait of Truhill and explores a unique chapter in American culture and society.
The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director, Ulrike Kubatta and special guests, including Dr Suzanne Imber, Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, who was the winner of the 2017 BBC Two programme Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes.
This event is presented in association with the DocHub@DMU, a new initiative for the production and study of documentary film at the Leicester Media School.
All tickets £5.
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