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Screening Event: The Space Race

29 February 2024
5.30pm – 8.30pm AEDT
Ritchie Theatre, UNSW Kensington
An astronaut staring into the night sky, a space rocket launches in the foreground.

UNSW is excited to announce a special screening of ‘The Space Race’ documentary proudly brought to you by AROSE and National Geographic. This new upcoming Screening Event will be followed by a panel discussion with expert panellists from AROSE and UNSW that will engage and encourage Australian perspectives and knowledges.

The film “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.