MIR FRIENDS
Short Cuts: Irish Film Board & RTE 1
TX: 1999
Duration: 26 mins

Described by one critic as 'Ballykissangel meets Apollo 13', this short (26 minute) film is based on the extraordinary story of a Donegal 'ham' radio enthusiast who made contact with a Soviet cosmonaut stranded on the MIR Space station during the summer of 1991.

This radio friendship coincided with the growing political crisis in the Soviet Union. Mission Control in Moscow wasn't very forthcoming with information but his 'ham' radio friend in Donegal kept the cosmonaut abreast of developments.

'MIR FRIENDS' takes these true-life events, embellishes them with a dramatic climax, adds a few quirky characters and tells the story with a wee smile.

 

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