Slovenia, 50 min, Experimental, History, Mockumentary, Politics, Science and Technology, Social Issues, Studio Virc
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Bostjan Virc …
Director of photography
The main topic is discovering hidden truth behind the space race. USA was losing the race against USSR and there is little known that also socialist Yugoslavia was on the good way to overtake Americans. Thanks to unpublished diaries of Yugoslav space pioneer Herman Potočnik Noordung, Yugoslavia gained technical know-how to be a third player in a space race. After hidden diplomatic trading Yugoslavia secretly sold it’s space program to USA. Wehrner von Braun, mastermind of American space program, used the new technology and Americans finally went to the moon in 1969. On the other hand Yugoslavia got generous financial help from USA and quickly became the most developed socialst country and Yugoslav president Tito gained unprecedented popularity world-wide. Yugoslav space program was developed at secret underground location / army base in Željava in Bosnia with a code name 505. It was the biggest underground complex in Europe. Today it’s partly destroyed and mined and it’s still hiding one ot the biggest secrets of Cold War.