1. She Should Have Gone To The Moon is a film about Jerri Truhill’s ambition to conquer the unknown and the filmmaker’s fascination with a woman, who dared to break down all barriers in aviation. Set against the historical backdrop of the Space Race, the documentary both constructs an intimate portrait of Truhill and explores a unique chapter in American culture and society.

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Ulrike Kubatta

Ulrike Kubatta

Ulrike Kubatta

Director’s Biography:

Originally from Germany, Ulrike Kubatta is an award winning London-based independent filmmaker.

She has screened and exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including at the Edinburgh Film Festival,…


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Ulrike Kubatta

Director’s Biography:

Originally from Germany, Ulrike Kubatta is an award winning London-based independent filmmaker.

She has screened and exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including at the Edinburgh Film Festival, London Documentary Film Festival, The Imperial War Museum, BFI Southbank, the Everyman and Curzon Cinemas.

Kubatta’s lyrical documentaries investigate ideas of heroism, identity, personal transformation and history. Her approach to reconstructing historical figures and the process of immersing herself in their identities, reflect a technique that she developed in previous works, such as Speed Queen and Shoot the Women First.

She Should Have Gone To the Moon presents a uniquely personal chapter in the history of the space race. It tells the astonishing story of the pilot and pioneer, Jerri Truhill, who was trained in 1961, as part of NASA’s top secret Mercury 13 programme, to become one of the First Lady Astronauts. The documentary is a lyrical journey propelled by childhood aspirations, shattered dreams and a lifelong battle against female stereotypes and male prejudice.

The film has been highly successful, both on the international festival circuit (winning two awards including one for Best Feature Documentary) and independent cinema circuit.

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