Michael Madsen describes his film as a documentary of “an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space.”
Earth may not have been visited by aliens, but ever since the invention of radio and television, humans have been announcing their existence to other civilisations, so the question might not be ‘what if’ it happens, but rather ‘when’.
With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, NASA, the SETI Institute, and military advisors, the film builds a chillingly believable scenario of first contact on Earth, beginning with the simplest of questions we might ask of our alien visitors: Why are you here? How do you think? What do you see in us that we don’t see in ourselves?
The implications unfold within a landscape of everyday sights and sounds turned bizarre and extraordinary, as if seen through the eyes of an alien life form. Acclaimed film director Michael Madsen takes viewers on a journey beyond their terrestrial perspective and into the unknown, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms that may or may not view us as a threat, but also its own self image and the most difficult questions of all: “Who are we?”