"This film documents an event that has never taken place - man's first encounter with intelligent life from space", but ever since the invention of radio, humans have been sending signals into space, announcing their existence to other civilizations. With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, the film explores a first contact scenario, beginning with the simplest of questions: Why are you here? How do you think? What do you see in humans that we don't see in ourselves? A journey beyond a terrestrial perspective, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms, but also its own self image.
Produced by Oscar-nominated production company Magic Hour Films, as was Michael Madsen’s first feature documentary Into Eternity (2009), about a depository for nuclear waste. His contribution to Wim Wender’s Cathedrals of Culture, Halden Prison, premiered at the Berlinale 2014.