Embracing the World

Igor Ugolnikov's team has started working on a documentary "Embracing the World" dedicated to Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union, holder of the highest insignia and honorary citizen of many Russian and foreign countries and cities. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in world history to fly into space. From that day on, the era of human space exploration began. In 2024, we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of his birth.

Certainly, a lot of films have been made about the first cosmonaut of the planet. We also want to talk about the importance of Yuri Gagarin's image for the whole world, emphasizing that his personality and achievement are the heritage of all mankind and are revered by people around the globe. On April 12, 1961, not only our country, but the whole world rejoiced. People took to the streets expressing their delight at what had happened. Gagarin has made a breakthrough of mankind into space! This feeling was new to the entire Earth population, who for the first time felt like a single whole, a community of people capable of solving any tasks that humanity might face through joint efforts.

Yuri Gagarin's flight and the following Mission of Peace, during which the first cosmonaut traveled to a huge number of countries, became the most important factor in forming a positive image of our country, the pioneer country. It was its citizen who became a role model of true courage in the hearts of millions, showed that nothing is impossible for a person.

In addition to the footage of Yuri Gagarin's world tour "Mission of Peace" and interviews with cosmonauts and space industry workers, the film is based on a story about the unique task of the International Foundation "The Dialogue of Cultures – One World". This includes preserving the legacy of Yuri Gagarin. Since 2011, in memory of the great deed accomplished by the Soviet cosmonaut pilot, the Foundation has been donating sculptural compositions dedicated to Yuri Gagarin to the nations of the world. Monuments and busts of Gagarin, on the initiative of the Foundation, have been installed in famous universities, museums, research centers, observatories and planetariums in more than 60 countries around the world.

Embracing the World will not only remind its audience of Yuri Gagarin's flight, but also tell them that the basic values coincide among representatives of various countries and peoples, that the dialogue of cultures is the way to balance and harmony on the planet, it’ll teach how important it is to appreciate the diversity of the world.

The documentary Embracing the World is being filmed by ANO May 9 with the support of the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.


1. Kaluga, near the K. E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, April 9, 2011

2. Republic of the Congo, January 27, 2023

3. Montpellier (France), Yuri Gagarin Bridge, October 5, 2017

4. Antarctica, Russian scientific research station Progress, February 23, 2018

5. Houston (Texas, USA), the historic building of the first NASA headquarters, October 15, 2012

6. Algerian People's Democratic Republic, June 26, 2023

7. London (UK), Science Museum, August 30, 2017

8. Jakarta (Indonesia), March 10, 2021

9. Zvyozdny gorodok (Moscow region), The Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center Museum, sculpture "The first bust of the first cosmonaut" (1961, sculptor Konstantin Koshkin), given to the Museum by the author on June 11, 1991.