Spaceship Earth


The idea that Earth is an isolated spaceship was born in the 1960s, championed by futurist Buckminster Fuller and proven by the famous “Earth rise” photo taken by Apollo astronauts. “Spaceship Earth” is both a reality and a metaphor that changed humanity’s perspective, spawning the movement to “save the Earth”. But what does that really mean?

For 50 years scientists have been working to understand humanity’s daily influence on our planet’s life forces. Spaceship Earth is a poetic feature film exploring what they have learned, and what that tells us about our responsibility for steering the only ship in the universe known to carry life.

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.

Filmed in Japan, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Iceland, the USA, Mali and several other countries,Spaceship Earth features the thoughts of some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, including physicists Hans Joachim Schellenhuber and Takafumi Matsui, astronaut Ulf Merbold, anthropologist Jared Diamond, geologist David Hughes and energy analyst Daniel Yergin… as well as a host of average people who are suffering the degradation of our ship and working to transform it.

Feature Documentary | Arte/ZDF, Shaw Media, NHK | 2016

5 x 1 Hour | Arte/ZDF, NHK | 2016


  • Grand Prix, International Science Film Festival, St Petersburg, 2017


  • Hot Docs, 2016
  • Gimli Film Festival, 2016
  • Atlantic Film Festival, 2016
  • Bergen International Film Festival, 2016
  • Wildlife Film Festival, 2016
  • North West Film Festival Edmonton, 2016
  • CPH:DOX, 2017
  • Docs Barcelona, 2017
  • Wakefield DocFest Netherlands, 2017
  • International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge, 2017
  • Millenium Docs Against Gravity, 2018
  • Luminale Festival Frankfurt, 2018
  • Festival dal Mondo, Milan, 2018