National Geographic has released a first-look video from the upcoming documentary, “The Space Race”, which has been produced and directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning producer and director Lisa Cortés and award-winning producer and director Diego Hurtado de Mendoza.
“The Space Race” is a feature film that will uncover the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers and scientists to become astronauts. Frank Marshall and Tony Rosenthal of The Kennedy/Marshall Company are set to executive produce, along with Carolyn Bernstein of National Geographic Documentary Films and Leland Melvin. The project will be produced by Kennedy/Marshall’s Alexandra Bowen and Aly Parker, Diamond Docs’ Mark Monroe and independent producer Keero Birla. Monroe will also serve as the film’s writer.
“The Space Race” weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden among many others. Addressing the racial injustice within NASA across several decades, the film will follow these pioneers who fought to overcome not just the obstacles of their astronaut training but also the challenges that stemmed from the racial prejudice and discrimination present at the time. “The Space Race” will highlight how their perseverance challenged the definition of “the right stuff,” even when their stories were omitted from the history books.
Check out the first look below:
“The Space Race” will premiere at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival, and it will be available exclusively on National Geographic Channels and Disney+ at a later date.
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