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Hidden Figures

hidden-figures-posterCaptivating, heart-warming and eye-opening. Hidden figures is a must see for the all generations. It approaches the taboo topic of racism and discrimination in an enlightening way, it allows the viewers to see what African-Americans experienced at a time of segregation and institutionalized racism. Hidden figures tells the audience the true story of three intelligent mastermind’s behind the computing (IBM) and mathematics at NASA in the 1960’s. Hidden figures focuses on three true stories at NASA hat have been left untold until now. The protagonist Katherine (Taraji Henson) is the genius behind Glenn’s successful mission into space and she is “the main woman” out of the three in the film. The film focuses on Katherine Johnson the most because she was the first black woman to work in the west wing, let alone gain level 5 classification and help put a man into space. Hidden figures also features Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) as the first black woman supervisor of NASA, she ensures all the women in the east wing secure their jobs, by teaching them how to set up the IBM. Finally, the film also features Mary Jackson (Janelle Monrae) who becomes the first not only black, but the first female engineer at NASA. Jackson took her case to the court in order for her classes at an engineering school that was all white. Although Jackson was only allowed to attend night classes, for the black community at that time, it was a miracle and simply inspiring. The friendship between the trio is the heart of the story and shows just how powerful women are when they work for what they believe in. Hidden Figures overlooks pivotal moments in American history and gives a realistic snippet of 1960’s America. Directed by Theodore Melfi, Hidden figures doesn’t give anything new and shiny cinematic wise, but he does create a film rich in emotion which tells a story of three daring and inspirational women, which is better than any darn fancy cinematography.