Cosmic Whistleblowers

Directed by: Simon Sharman
75 minutes
world-premiere
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 4
Thu 24th Sep 22:00
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 1
Fri 25th Sep 17:00
2nd Screening

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What do you think happened in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947? The U.S. government has put out four different explanations in the last 50 years. Fuelled by this obfuscation is one of the earliest and most well-known conspiracy theories: the Roswell UFO incident. ‘Cosmic Whistleblowers’ follows filmmaker Simon Sharman’s personal journey into the world of UFOs and government cover-ups. A self-confessed believer, Sharman gains access to the esoteric group of UFO hunters in the U.S., headed by Don Schmitt, and films interviews with a wide array of witnesses, ex-military personnel and others connected to the Roswell case. Truth and evidence are twisted by both sides of the debate in this intrepid documentary. On the one hand, the ‘ufologist’ conjectures and years of scouring the New Mexico desert for metal fragments (without much success) come across as well-meaning, but misguided. On the other, Sharman presents damning evidence of government cover-ups and misdeeds that is not hard to believe in the light of more recent scandals. Perhaps the wisest line in the film is spoken by NASA historian and astrophysicist Steven J. Dick, paraphrasing Carl Sagan: “Keep an open mind, as long as your brains don’t fall out”.
Runtime
75 min
Director(s)
Simon Sharman
Writer(s)
Simon Sharman
Producer(s)
Simon Sharman
DoP(s)
Charles Parish
Charles Parish
Jaiziel Hernandez-Mayne
Javi Alvedro
Cast
Simon Sharman
Donald Schmitt
Jaime Maussan
Mikela Jay
Screening Status
World Premiere