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Space Sailors

Fliegerkosmonauten (Germany)

Directed by:
Marian Kiss
Bertalan Farkas, Jugderdemid Gurragchaa, Mirosław Hermaszewski, Georgi Ivanov, Dr. Sigmund Jähn, Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez, Abdul Ahad Momand, Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, Vladimir Remek, Pham Tuan
TIFF edition:

Bright futures lay ahead of them. In the name of the Intercosmos Programme they were about to conquer space. One perfect specimen of manhood from every communist nation. First the Czechoslovakian, followed by a Pole, an East-German, a Bulgarian, a Hungarian, a Vietnamese, a Rumanian, a Cuban, a Mongolian, and an Afghan cosmonaut. Overnight they became celebrated stars and received all conceivable honours and positions that Socialism had to offer.

And today?

One went from being Minister of Aviation to unskilled labourer, the other from a Major General to a jolly millionaire. What do the heroes of socialism do without socialism? That’s the question we’ll pursue...

Awards & Festivals: DoK Leipzig 2009