For All Mankind tells the true story of the 24 men who travelled to the moon as the entire US watched in awe.
Sorting through nearly one hundred hours of film and sound recordings recovered from NASA – shot between December 1968 and November 1972, in the heyday of the space programme – director Al Rienart has pieced together a seamless documentary commemorating man’s landing on the moon.
The film is a montage of images with voice-over interviews and comments from the participating astronauts of the moon landing. Brian Eno, famous for his ethereal music, provides the score.
For All Mankind presents an exhilarating portrait of an incredible human achievement, and was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 1989.
During the Apollo lunar missions from 1968 to 1972, those onboard were given 16mm cameras and told to film anything and everything they could, in space, in orbit, and on the surface of the moon itself.
Two decades later, filmmaker Al Reinert went into the NASA vaults to create this extraordinary compendium of their journeys and experiences.
Assembled from hundreds of hours of the astronauts’ own footage, with a soundtrack made up of their memories and a specially composed score by Brian Eno, the film takes the form of one journey to the moon and back again, building with elegant simplicity and exquisite construction to create an overpowering vision of human endeavour and miraculous experience.