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Toutatis

Directed by Catherine Fol
Canada, 1996 (documentary, 48 minutes, colour, French)
Toutatis
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"We are all transient inhabitants of a fragile planet. In 1994, comet Shoemaker-Levy hurtled straight into Jupiter. For the first time in history, astronomers were eyewitnesses to a cosmic collision, the force of which would have destroyed the Earth. It is to avoid such an eventuality that scientists are keeping a watchful eye on the trajectory of asteroids such as Toutatis, which will just miss us in the year 2004, and continue on its way. In all probability, no giant asteroid will threaten us in the near future. But since scientists can only track down a small proportion of the objects circulating in the cosmos, they cannot say for certain. The renowned scientists featured in this film are thus both uneasy and hopeful. These discoverers of comets communicate their passion for the stars—so close and yet so far away from us."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Catherine Fol
Produced by: Éric Michel
Narrator: Manon Barbeau, Catherine Fol
Participants: Pierre Chastenay, George V. Coyne, Robert Jedicke, David Levy, Alain Maury, David Morrison, Steven Ostro, Carolyn Shoemaker, Eugene Shoemaker, Duncan Steel
Film Editing: Suzanne Allard
Music: Eric Longsworth
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada
(sources)

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