Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

A 12-year old American child sets out to make a documentary about the Apollo Mission, titled "The Spirit of Apollo." After reading dozens of books about the space program, on one hand, she finds her focus shifting from the American effort to land a man on the moon to the Soviet's side of the story. At the same time, she is troubled by the American Space Program's roots in Nazi rocket science. Through the process of research, she comes to realize that the spirit of aerospace is best embodied by Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the relentless visionary of the Soviet program, and the purest pivotal moment of the space program was the launch of the Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. The filmmaker ended up abandoning the Spirit of Apollo, and, instead, paid homage to the Sputnik. More importantly, the documentary touches on the global political consequences of the space race: it elevated traditional warfare into nuclear warfare, and by balancing the capacities of the superpowers, it created that delicate balance of power, hinging - to this day - on the concept of mutual assurance of destruction. The 8th grader director asks difficult questions about the price of national security and interviews Sergei Khrushchev, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's son, confidant and space engineer, to validate her point that the space race actually laid the crucial foundation for our détente.

Running Time
10 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, History, War
Summer Royal
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Sputnik: The Shock of the Century» (17)

Willie Bowman avatar
Willie Bowman

I've not seen a good movie like this for a while. It’s well acted and enjoyable.

Harry H. avatar
Harry H.

Great story, exciting to watch!

Alice R. avatar
Alice R.

Hoo-wee! Where to start! Well written and directed, good actors choice.

Anna avatar

This one movie that I would buy to keep in my collection. It's a great movie

Amber R. avatar
Amber R.

Saw the movie.. again and again. Besides the fact that the script is great, the actors are at their best.

Alexander avatar

Wow, wow, wow very impressive !!!! This is the movie I have been waiting for for a very long time.

Deborah S. avatar
Deborah S.

It was a great movie. Nice story and good acting.

Nancy avatar

The reason I feel that this movie is such a TRIUMPH is the same reason I feel I lead a fulfilling life. I strive to live in the moment...to view my journey in life as exactly that: a journey.

Terry B. avatar
Terry B.

Good cast. Great job. Good movie to pass the time.