Unveiling a Parallel 2016


HD video, 24 MIN
based on a novel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant


Narratives about Mars reveal how the development of imagination is conditioned by the development of technology. These narratives – scientific, literary, sociological – come to us in various ways: let us treat them and their formats as a testimony of a certain way of thinking, a testimony of a given time. „UNVEILING A PARALLEL” registers these temporal shifts in imagery. It visualizes what people once and now imagined as the future – shifts not only in time, but also in space. Once Mars was that other place, which hosted projections of the future – now we know that there is no other place.

The film uses a fictional narrative based on a Victorian feminist utopian novel “Unveiling a Parallel” (1893), which presents the planet Mars as an idealized parallel world of better governance, equality between men and women, respect for nature and exemplary system of values. The story’s main protagonist, a traveller from Earth, is represented by a mobile camera-sculpture. The narrative is followed by a musical video clip titled “Environmental Catastrophe” which tells about the destructive effects of human activity on the planet Earth. Mars here is presented as a potential (but unrealistic) escape route for fugitives from the devastated Earth.





Director : Dorota Walentynowicz

Director of Photography : Vasilis Flouris

Editing : Vasilis Flouris, Dorota Walentynowicz

Assistant Director : Maria Papadaki

Producers : Fani Anagnostou, Martha Lyroni

Music : Thomas Woerle





Master : Antonis Perantonakis

Elodia : Eleni Strataki

Severinus : Ian Abtzigiannes

Clytia : Maria Fouraki

Ariadne : Anna Doxastaki

Narrator : Konstantinos Chliavoras


Assistant Producers : Myrto Alexaki, Maria Papadaki

Gaffer : Yiannis Mathioudakis

Hair & Makeup : Myrto Alexaki

Script : Anastasia Palisidou

Sound Supervisor : Tomas Schenk

Boom : Marietta Grammatikaki

Props : Dorota Walentynowicz

Costumes : Terril Scott, Dorota Walentynowicz



Environmental catastrophe”

lyrics : Dorota Walentynowicz

music : Angelika Reichert

performed by : Angelika Reichert and Martin Stohl


Cassini Radio Emissions”

NASA sound library

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

remixed by : Dorota Walentynowicz


Scientific support

dr Claire Cousins (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St. Andrews, UK)

dr Giannis Grammatikakis (Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology, Heraklion, Greece)

prof Iossif Papadakis (Department of Physics, University of Crete, Greece)

dr hab Włodzimierz Zgoda (Department of Chemistry, Gdańsk Medical University, Poland)

dr hab Katarzyna Lemańska (Department of Technology and Instumental Analysis, Poznań Economic University, Poland)

astral imagery : curtesy of Skinakas Observatory Crete and the Department of Physics, University of Crete, Greece


shot on location

Exo Mars testing site, Namafjall, Krafla, Iceland

Psiloritis (Mount Ida), Crete, Greece