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11 September1967
Valentina Tereshkova
Guido Giorgi
Music by Guglielmo Pagnozzi

The first woman in space, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, defined by Nilde Jotti as 'one of the highest symbols of socialist society', receives a warm welcome during her visit to Bologna on 11 September 1967, the first of two days in the city. Between cocktails, canapés and autographs at the various meetings with the authorities, including the mayor Guido Fanti, and the citizens, the young woman became the spokesperson for the Soviet people's call for peace. One of the meetings will be at Palazzo d'Accursio with representatives of women's organisations. Tereshkova is in fact the first woman to have gone into space: on 16 June 1963, on board the Vostok 6 spacecraft, she completed a three-day mission, during which 49 orbits around the earth were made. Guido Giorgi films in Super8 the exciting meeting with Valentina, a myth of his time. A myth that will fade in memory here at home, but not in her native Russia, where Tereshkova will long be - and still is - a leading figure, so to speak always 'true to the line'. A member of the Duma, in the debate on the reform of the Russian Constitution in 2020, it will be she, at eighty-three years of age and full of medals and awards, who will propose an amendment that, by changing the time constraints for presidential terms, will allow Vladimir Putin, president of Russia since 2000, expiring in 2024, to hold that office until 2036. Who knows how this well-conceived plan by the President and the Cosmonaut, practically a de facto couple, will turn out.,