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The Old Negro Space Program – Being Black And An Astronaut in 1957 Was Not A Good Combination Apparently

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The Old Negro Space Program

Director: Andy Bobrow

In 1957, African-American astronauts found themselves unable to break the color barrier at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Undaunted, and on a shoestring budget, they formed their own space program, the “Negro-American Space Society of Astronauts” (NASSA). Told in documentary style satirizing Ken Burns’ documentary “The Civil War,” this comedic short traces NASSA’s rise and fall with a nod to the true history of the Negro Baseball Leagues. – Orrin Bloquy

This 10 minute short film which was released over a decade ago still is as funny as it was then. Imagining a black space program, whose “blackstronauts” were excluded from “White NASA”, the film lampoons Burns’s history of the Negro Leagues, a subject of his 1994 series, Baseball.

The film is about the all-black space program in the USA which ran parallel to the one we know, NASA. What’s funny about it is how it’s made – in a documentary style which turned out to be a mockumentary of the way Ken Burn makes his movies, everything point out that he’s the director of the film but he’s not. Ken must hate the guts of Bobrow (Director) for making this one and how some people actually think that its based on a true story of NASSA (Negro-American Space Society of Astronauts)

Reel Value: 8.4/10

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