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The First Yugoslavian Cosmonaut

On 12 April 1961, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-68) yelled ‘Off we go!’ as he was blasted off from a dusty steppe in Kazakhstan to become the first human in space. This historical event made a Belgrade boy start dreaming of becoming Yugoslavian Cosmonaut #1. And now it’s time to visit Yuri Gagarin Boulevard in Novi Belgrade, Serbia to pay tribute. Let’s all lay flowers.

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The short film ‘The First Yugoslavian Cosmonaut’ was made for the 51st anniversary of human space flight. It is part of the Road to Gagarin project by film-maker/photographer Rene Nuijens and writer Steve Korver. By documenting the major settings of the bizarre and dramatic life of Yuri Gagarin (1934-68), the first man in space, we are out to capture the essence of the man who is dead, and his myth which is very much alive – and still inspiring much love, art and conspiracy theories. Yuri has not only been our rocket into Russia, but also Cuba. This is our second short Gagarin film and many more to come.

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Copyright © 2012 Road to Gagarin

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