Woman in Motion, an upcoming documentary about how Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols impacted a generation of women and Black people get into NASA, is on the way. The film screened at some film festivals earlier this year and last year.
As reported by Deadline, who broke the news that the documentary was on the market for world sales rights: Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura in the original Star Trek TV series, is well known as a pioneer and role model as one of the first African American actresses featured in a major TV series. Perhaps less well known is her impressive and inspiring work with NASA, helping to recruit thousands, including the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space. Among Nichols’ recruits were Fred Gregory, the first African American to command a space shuttle, and Ron McNair, the second African American in space who perished in the Challenger accident. Nichols inspired later astronauts including Mae Jemison who was the first female African American astronaut, and Charles Bolden, the first African American NASA administrator.
“Woman in Motion is the story of how an artist empowered herself to empower others. It is about an actress who became a breaker of barriers,” said director Todd Thompson. “I am thrilled to share Nichelle’s story. She continues to be an inspiration to so many people around the world.”
The film features Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Takei, Pharrell Williams, Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, Vivica A. Fox, Walter Koenig, Rod Roddenberry, Michael Dorn, Guy Bluford, Charles Bolden, Ivor Dawson, Frederik Gregory and Benjamin Crump.
Watch a clip below: