Timofey Bazhenov, deputy of the State Duma, TV journalist, public figure, documentary films creator, author and presenter of several TV programs, told us about his neighbor cosmonauts, respect for scientists’ ideas and the desire to experience the sensations of a spaceflight in the "SPACE. STARS. OPINIONS" festival section.

🌟"I was born and lived in the most cosmic district of Moscow – Ostankino - all my life. Cosmonauts happened to be my neighbors and, like the most ordinary people, walked the same streets and lined in the same queues in Soviet stores.

Today they remain real heroes for me. I could never imagine that I would join this caste of super humans. I considered them demigods, and never wanted to become a cosmonaut.

The only thing I really wanted, and still do, is to experience the feeling of weightlessness, to get a chance to fly during my lifetime. It seems both possible and impossible to me, which is a sign that we live in the time of a scientific civilization.

🌟🌟Space is a huge, boundless, and not lifeless to me; it’s certainly a living thing. Our living planet goes along its eternal path in the very space. For sure, it cannot be alone; and somewhere far, far away from us, there are similar living planets, the same living beings experiencing the same feelings.

Perhaps Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolev and Friedrich Zander are the main scientists of the 20th century. At the dawn of the space exploration initiation, many theoretical physicists happened to question the very possibility of a person breaking away from the Earth and seeing what is beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

Tsiolkovsky made it possible for us to make sure that we could not only fly there, but even conduct scientific experiments in space.

🌟🌟🌟And cinematography with all its films happened to be the essence of my professional life and career. I would love to star in a movie related to space adventures and flights.

Will it be my debut? No, it won’t. I have already made several full-length films about space flights. I am happy to work in this sphere, and I intend to continue studying it and making films about Great Russian scientists, who allowed all the inhabitants of the Earth to study it too, even touch it with their hands. Tsiolkovsky was the first among them."

The Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival will be held in Kaluga on April 12-16, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Roscosmos State Corporation, the Government and the Ministry of Culture of the Kaluga Region, Rossotrudnichestvo, the K.E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, The Russian Planetariums Association and other public and commercial organizations.