Disney has announced that the National Geographic Documentary Film, “The Space Race”, is going to be broadcast in the United States on the National Geographic channel on Monday, 12th February 2024, and it will be available to stream the next day on Hulu and Disney+ on Tuesday 13th February 2024.

“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. In “The Space Race”, directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés profile the pioneering Black pilots, scientists and engineers who joined NASA to serve their country in space, even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on Earth.

From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men. The bright dreams of Afrofuturism become reality in “The Space Race”, turning science fiction into science fact and forever redefining what “the right stuff” looks like, giving us new heroes to celebrate and a fresh history to explore.

The film has been directed and produced by Lisa Cortés and Diego Hurtado de Mendoza. Frank Marshall and Tony Rosenthal of The Kennedy/Marshall Company are also executive producer on the film, along with Carolyn Bernstein of National Geographic Documentary Films and Leland Melvin. The project has been produced by Kennedy/Marshall’s Alexandra Bowen and Aly Parker, Diamond Docs’ Mark Monroe and independent producer Keero Birla. Monroe has also served as the film’s writer.

No international release details have been announced, but expect to see the film released soon on Disney+ around the world.

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