UF Film Club: Pax Americana - The Weaponization of Space
The Film Club of the Society of International Affairs in Gothenburg (Utrikespolitiska föreningen Göteborg) invites you to a free film screening!
"A documentary that reveals why the prospect of Earth being ruled from space is no longer science-fiction
As if there weren’t enough weapons here on earth, space has become the newest arena for countries around the globe to launch their struggle for supremacy. Denis Delestrac’s film Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space is packed full of some truly startling facts — everything from the “Rods of God" (space weapons that can launch from orbit) to the fact that fifty cents of every American tax dollar goes towards military spending. The astronomical costs of arming and policing the heavens (more than $200 billion) has largely fallen to the US Air Force, but with China and other nations challenging American supremacy, there is the potential for a war to take place right over our heads.
If a space war were to happen, the effects could prove catastrophic. Since there is no way to clean up debris and space junk, it stays in orbit, circling the globe at some 14,000 miles per hour. At this speed, even a pea-sized piece of debris has the capacity to destroy whatever is in its path. This includes satellites that regulate most of the world’s information systems (everything from GPS to banking to media). But with China shooting down one of their own aging satellites, the race shows every sign of heating up. This time, the sky may indeed be falling."
Free for everyone! After the screening we will go to a nearby pub to hang out and discuss the movie.
Presented in co-operation with Cinema Politica
Göteborg, Sprängkullsgatan 25
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