Movie Suggestion of the Week: Hidden Figures
Womenbeing is happy to advise you on an incredible blockbuster just released last year. Hidden Figures is a story written by Margot Lee Shetterly based on a true story about three African-American female mathematicians at NASA and directed by Theodore Melfi.
This film on NASA’s mission shows the equality movement for ‘colored’ people in early ‘60s Americas and the racism that they had to overcome. But while showing the fight for equality and the initial struggle of feminists there the movie also exposes feminists a big way. We are to be told the story of three black women — a mathematician, an engineer, and a programmer — who did crucial work at the NASA space program in segregated 1960s Virginia. It’s a story that hasn’t been told in Hollywood or elsewhere—three brilliant black heroines make essential contributions to science and their country. And the story’s true.
The women are cordoned off to a “colored” wing of NASA where only black women work and are visited from time to time by an icy, disapproving, and ultimately racist supervisor, Vivian Mitchell (Kirsten Dunst), who hands out assignments from the headquarters. The film deals with the ins and outs of both overt and more casual racism and sexism.
The film shows the struggle that one goes through while accomplishing something for the first time. The legitimate demands get widespread support and acceptability in due course and one does not need to be vulgar. Often we do not recognize the value of these accomplishments if we inherit those by birth. That is when our demands start hurting humanity. That is what happened to feminism today. Hidden Figures a movie that upholds feminism, also exposes them.
This is our suggestion for you this week. We leave you with the words of one of the actresses Taraji P. Henson when accepting the award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the SAGA Awards.
“This film is about unity, the shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars. These women did not complain about the problems, the circumstances, the issues. They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space. This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside, and we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins every time … They are hidden figures no more!”
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