THE SPACE RACE from Emmy Award Winner Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés

Author: Newsroom

Directed by Emmy Award winner Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés
Produced by: Alexandra Bowen, Aly Parker, Mark Monroe, Keero Birla, Lisa Cortés, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza 
Executive Produced by: Frank Marshall, Tony Rosenthal, Carolyn Bernstein, Leland Melvin 

Coming February 2024 to National Geographic Channel and Disney+. 

SYNOPSIS: 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 Lisa Cortés and Diego Hurtado de Mendoza 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. 

DIRECTED BY:  Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés 
FEATURING: Guion Bluford, Charles Bolden, Ed Dwight, Victor Glover, Frederick Gregory, Bernard Harris, Leland Melvin, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, Jessica Watkins  
PRODUCED BY: Alexandra Bowen, Aly Parker, Mark Monroe, Keero Birla, Lisa Cortés, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Carolyn Bernstein, Frank Marshall, Leland Melvin, Tony Rosenthal 
WRITER: Mark Monroe 
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Diego Hurtado de Mendoza 
EDITOR: Robert A. Martinez 
MUSIC BY: Anna Drubich, Jongnic Bontemps 
RUN TIME: 91 minutes 


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