'Ludmilla Forgotten' is a short film currently in production by Rogue Robot.
The early 1960’s saw the Soviet Union dominate early spaceflight with a series of groundbreaking flights beginning in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik, and followed in 1961 by the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.
As the United States attempted to catch up, the Soviets launched mission after mission, breaking records with every one – longest spaceflight, first spacewalk, first space rendezvous, and, of course, the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova on the 16th of June 1963.
But rumours abound of less successful flights, with the Soviets taking excessive risks to keep ahead of their American counterparts, regardless of the cost to life . Ledovsky, Grachev, Dolgov and Zavadovsky are names of ‘phantom’ cosmonauts couched in mystery and rumour (see www.lostcosmonauts.com/).
But one name stands out. It is a woman’s name.
On May the 5th, 1962, in their amateur radio listening station in Northern Italy, the Judica-Cordiglia brothers picked up a distress call from a female cosmonaut known only as Ludmilla. An existing recording captures the last moments of her historic flight as she re-enters the atmosphere and begins to burn up.
Who was this woman? What happened on that flight? Why has her name been airbrushed from history?
'Ludmilla Forgotten' will tell her story.