"We have just finished our meal and I noticed that all of us quite often break wind... The odor is quite strong and the smell of gases is the same for every one of us."
Often humorous, sometimes shocking, STATE OF WEIGHTLESSNESS answers questions about life in space that official organizations simply will not address.
Cosmonauts ranging from Herman Titov, who in 1961 became the second man in space, to Valeri Polakov, who spent 241 days in orbit in 1988, disseminate heretofore publicly withheld knowledge on such subjects as the use of prunes in space, remedies for homesickness (flushing a toilet), Experiment M103K (24 hour urine collection), and in the case of men who undertook longer missions, how the Soviet Psychological Support Service would send "some nice, colorful movies to recover our will to act like a normal adult male."
But these men also divulge the equally hidden dark side of the space program: enormous fears of death as they left and returned to earth, and the rigorous medical and psychological experiments that left many maimed for life.
Edited together with startling and previously classified archival film chronicling the Soviet space program from its beginning to its end, these very human cosmic pioneers take viewers out to the mysterious world that exists over our heads.
"A truly brilliant documentary in a class of its own." - Peter Paterson, Daily Mail (London)
2001 DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival
Grand Prize Winner, 1995 Balticum Film & TV Festival
URTI Award Winner, 1995 Monte Carlo Film Festival
Grand Prize Winner, 1994 Lodz Film Festival
Special Commendation, 1994 Prix Italia