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Published on Jan 21, 2007
The Old Negro Space Program is the name of a short mockumentary film, done in the style of a Ken Burns documentary, that lampoons the strict racial segregation in the first half of the 20th century in the United States by postulating a separate space program, run by and for blacks who had been excluded from "White NASA": "in 1957, if you were black, and you were an astronaut... you were out of work."
The film was produced and directed by Andy Bobrow (Hype, Malcolm in the Middle) for broad release on the internet. While the filmmakers' established intentions were satirical, the film has caused mixed reactions amongst bloggers and minority rights activist groups.
This film also demonstrates how cold it is in space.