Space Race

Bud Watch Party: The Space Race

Friday, November 17, 2023 - 12:00am
Saturday, November 18, 2023 - 12:00am
Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 12:00am
Monday, November 20, 2023 - 12:00am
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - 12:00am
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Thursday, November 23, 2023 - 12:00am
Friday, November 24, 2023 - 12:00am
Saturday, November 25, 2023 - 12:00am
Sunday, November 26, 2023 - 12:00am
  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
Second chance to watch at home! A new documentary that uncovers the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers and scientists that became astronauts

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. 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 hidden history to discover.

How to access The Space Race

Register at the button above for access to watch the film during Bud Werner Library's 10-day screening window. You'll get an email that includes your personal link and access code so you can stream the 90-minute film at home any time during our exclusive screening window that ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26.


Run Time: 

91 min.

About Bud's Watch Party

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.