REWRITING THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT FROM A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: MICHAEL LOPEZ-ALEGRIA IN MANUEL HUERGA’S DOCUMENTARY FILM SON AND MOON (2009)

SARA MARTÍN

Abstract


Manuel Huerga’s documentary Son and Moon (2009) is a singular hybrid: an
English-language film on Spanish-American astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria
by a Catalan team. Huerga’s film is particularly interesting for Masculinities
Studies. First, it makes us consider how limited international distribution conditions
the availability of relevant cross-cultural alternative representations of
masculinity. Second, Huerga offers an innovative representation of the American
astronaut, here the concerned father of a 7-year-old son who resists communicating
with him while in space. Astronaut and film argue that a father
has the right to (partly) sacrifice family life for his career but also that he must
justify his choices to his children. This is an engaging alternative to previous
one-dimensional representations of the American astronaut.

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