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General Information:
Year Released: 1997
Country: US
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Literary Source: Carl Sagan, Contact

The Promise of Science: Alien Life

In Contact, first contact with alien intelligence is also an exploration of human consciousness, and is compared to a religious experience or meeting with God. Unlike other films, alien life is not actually physically encountered -- instead, technology is used to launch a single human into some sort of alternate reality where she speaks with a representative from an alien culture. Instead of warning humanity about being peaceful or mending its ways, humanity is told it will be welcomed into the existing intergalactic civilization once it attains the technology necessary to do so.

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