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Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés’ THE SPACE RACE weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars. Addressing the racial injustice within NASA across several decades, the film follows the 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 highlights how their perseverance challenged the definition of “the right stuff,” even when their stories were omitted from the history books.
Q&A with co-director Lisa Cortés to follow Saturday’s screening.
Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Lisa Cortés
Keero Birla, Alexandra Bowen, Lisa Cortés, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Aly Parker, Mark Monroe