The Other Side of Mars

A laboratory of NASA researches Mars using pictures taken by a rover as a primary source. How much has the role of photography in science increased?

NASA roboticist and Curiosity -rover driver Vandi Verma works on Mars on a daily basis from her desk at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Los Angeles. Her work of navigating the rover in the Martian terrain relies to a large part on images and the technologically advanced use of them.

Minna Långström’s The Other Side of Mars creates a philosophical journey into the world of Martian photography. Through the lenses of various experts we learn how NASA’s images are made, used and manipulated for the sake of science, but also public information.

Mars is the ideal place for an investigation into our paradoxical relationship to photography. Do images reflect reality or shape it?

Production notes

Language: English
Subtitles: Finnish

Q&A with Minna Långström (director) on Wednesday 30.01. at 20:30 at Bio Rex and on Thursday 31.01. at 18:15 at Kiasma (in Finnish)

  • Director: Minna Långström
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 2019
  • Length: 56 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Päivi Kettunen
  • Editing: Minna Långström
  • Music: Mira Calix
  • Production: Liisa Karpo


  • Wed 30.1. at 20.30: Bio Rex
  • Thu 31.1. at 18.15: Kiasma-teatteri
  • Fri 1.2. at 16.00: Kino Regina