The Space Race

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 91 MINUTES | English |



From National Geographic Documentary Films comes The Space Race, an emotive and educational exploration of the experiences of the first Black astronauts. Featuring candid interviews from Ed Dwight, Guion Bluford, Charles Bolden, and Victor Glover, the documentary spotlights the oft-omitted racial injustice narratives and present-day realities of these pioneers. 

This film weaves together archival footage of U.S. space expeditions, Afrofuturist cultural milestones, and stories told by Black astronauts into an enlightening dialogue about the expectations placed on trailblazers. Tackling defining moments of American history, from the Kennedy assassination to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster to the George Floyd uprising, these dynamic discussions posit new meditations on the fight for equality. As the documentary transverses space and decades, it encourages a reclamation of the past as a way to create a limitless future.––Shakira Refos

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Mon June 12 - 8:30 PM
Closed Captions available

Wed June 14 - 3:30 PM
Closed Captions available

Sat June 17 - 5:45 PM

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Directed by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés

Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Lisa Cortés
Keero Birla, Alexandra Bowen, Lisa Cortés, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Aly Parker, Mark Monroe
Mark Monroe
Diego Hurtado de Mendoza
Anna Drubich and Jongnic Bontemps
Robert A. Martinez
Executive Producer
Frank Marshall, Leland Melvin, Tony Rosenthal, Carolyn Bernstein
US Distributor
National Geographic Documentary Films


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Nat Geo Doc Films
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Nat Geo Doc Films
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