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The Space Race

Directed by:

Lisa Cortes & Diego Hurtado de Mendoza


The Space Race captures the journey of space flight through the unrelenting spirit and resilience of the black community and those who would break down barriers for astronauts who would follow. This documentary uncovers the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers, and scientists to become astronauts. It 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. 


Addressing the racial injustice within NASA across several decades, the film follows these pioneers who fought to overcome both the obstacles encountered during their astronaut training and the challenges that stemmed from the racial prejudice and discrimination present at the time. It highlights how their perseverance challenged the definition of “the right stuff,” even when their stories were omitted from the history books.



Lisa Cortes

Diego Hurtado de Mendoza


Mark Monroe


Carolyn Bernstein

Keero Birla (as Keero Singh Birla)

Alex Bowen

Lisa Cortes

Diego Hurtado de Mendoza

Leland Melvin

Mark Monroe

Aly Parker

Executive Producers

Frank Marshall

Tony Rosenthal

Ryan Suffern


Jongnic Bontemps

Anna Drubich


Robert A. Martinez

Sound Department

Danny Clayton, Sound Mixer

Rusty Dunn, Sound Designer | Sound Effects Editor

Joe Earle, Re-recording Mixer

Angelina Faulkner, Dialogue Editor | Supervising Sound Editor

Justin Hennard, Sound Recordist

Pernell L. Salinas, Assistant Sound Editor

Scott Szabo, Sound Mixer

Robin Warren, Re-recording Mixer

Editorial Department

Quinn Alvarez, Colorist

LaRue Anderson, Digital Intermediate EP

Rigoberto Madrigal, Supervising Online Editor

Stefanie Schaldenbrand, Digital Intermediate Head Of Production

Inaya Graciana Yusuf, Additional Editor

Additional Music

Jacques Brautbar

David Cerquetti

Desmond Murray

Additional Crew

Tim Horsburgh, Vice President: National Geographic Documentary Films

Stephen Slater, NASA Archive Consultant

The Space Race Official Trailer

The Space Race

Directed by:

Lisa Cortes & Diego Hurtado de Mendoza


91 minutes

FHFF On-Demand Streaming Partner

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