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Hidden Figures

  • 2016
  • PG
  • 126min
  • 93%
  • 7.8 / 10

Hidden Figures is a biographical film that follows the trajectory of three African-American women working as mathematicians at NASA during the time of the Space Race. Katherine Johnson worked to calculate the flight trajectories for Project Mercury. Mary Jackson was a NASA engineer. Dorothy Vaughan worked as a supervisor. These three women traverse the inner workings of sending a man to the moon, while being a colored woman in an all-white workplace.

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The film features the character of Katherine Johnson more. A video commentary of the screenplay, the themes of racism, sexism, and inequality are told and strengthened through the subplots of Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan. Johnson comes to work for Project Mercury to calculate how to send a man to the moon. She faces the difficulty of being the only colored woman working in an all-white male office. Her story may encompass a majority of the plot, the merits of the experiences of her teammates are not overshadowed. Each story line, though dissimilar, all coalesce to form a strong narrative about the real life experience of the hidden figures that caused the success of the Americans in the Space Race. The title Hidden Figures serves two purposes. It relates to the math that sent an American man to the moon. On the other, it reveals the women who made it possible.


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Hidden Figures is a biographical film by Theodore Melfi, director. Melfi and Allison Schroeder took charge of the screenplay. The film is a loose adaptation from Margot Lee Shetterly's book of the same name. Taraji P. Henson plays Katherine Johnson, an African-American woman who worked at NASA. With her are Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae as the other two African-American female mathematicians. Its wide theatrical release was on December 25, 2016. It carries several nominations such as three Oscars and two Golden Globes. It has a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.