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  • Nico Lopez-Alegria, Director/Producer
  • Zach Zuckerman, Director/Producer

Family portrait of a man in a space suit with his wife and young son

About the Project

Alegria is a coming-of-age story about my dad, Michael Lopez-Alegria, an astronaut leading the first all-commercial mission to the International Space Station. He last went to space when I was six, and during his seven months aboard the ISS, my parents separated. Although he returned to Earth, he never came home. The film is about understanding why he left and bridging the distance between us, before he leaves the planet again. It's a first-person narrative blending verite, archival, and narrative vignettes, and speaks to the sacrifices we make for our loved ones to achieve their dreams.