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

  • SARA MARTÍN Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Abstract

Manuel Huerga’s documentary Son and Moon (2009) is a singular hybrid: anEnglish-language film on Spanish-American astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegriaby a Catalan team. Huerga’s film is particularly interesting for MasculinitiesStudies. First, it makes us consider how limited international distribution conditionsthe availability of relevant cross-cultural alternative representations ofmasculinity. Second, Huerga offers an innovative representation of the Americanastronaut, here the concerned father of a 7-year-old son who resists communicatingwith him while in space. Astronaut and film argue that a fatherhas the right to (partly) sacrifice family life for his career but also that he mustjustify his choices to his children. This is an engaging alternative to previousone-dimensional representations of the American astronaut.
How to Cite
MARTÍN, SARA. REWRITING THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT FROM A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: MICHAEL LOPEZ-ALEGRIA IN MANUEL HUERGA’S DOCUMENTARY FILM SON AND MOON (2009). Culture, Society & Masculinities, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, dec. 2014. ISSN 1941-5591. Available at: <http://www.mensstudies.info/OJS/index.php/CSM/article/view/689>. Date accessed: 19 oct. 2018.
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