May 19 2024

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Nichols Documentary: Women In Motion

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A documentary about Nichelle Nichols‘ successful efforts to bring in women and minorities to NASA will screen at The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio (east of Cleveland, Ohio) on Oct 3 and October 6.

Here is the description of the documentary: “In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek‘s Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people? She embarks on a national blitz, recruiting eight thousand of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African-American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.”

Amongst those appearing in Women in Motion are familiar Trek names, including Nichols, Michael Dorn, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Rod Roddenberry, D.C. Fontana, and David Gerrold.

“It’s an uplifting, inspiring story about how one woman can make a difference,” said Todd Thompson, who made the film. “If she can do it, so can you.

“It was an honor working with Nichelle and being able to tell her story. She is amazing. What she’s done, the world needs to know about.”

Women in Motion is “currently being shopped for national distribution.”

A preview of Women in Motion can be seen at the Women in Motion website.

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