Hidden Figures Saturday 8th September 2018 in the Village Hall Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 2 hrs 7 mins Rated: PG
Meet the women you donít know behind the mission you do. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, it takes the input of mathematically minded people, referred to as Ďhuman computersí. The film has Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle MonŠe as Mary Jackson. All three African-American women are working in a segregated environment which makes it impossible for their full talents to be appreciated by those around them as theyíre coming up against a gender bar as well as a race bar. But it very quickly turns out that they are really smart and able to bring something to bear on the mathematical problems that the NASA are facing in trying to get a man into space. There is a true story behind this and the film tells its story in a way that is engaging, smart and understandable, and with a very clear narrative. It is well written with wonderful performances that balance personal stories against the larger picture. It is an eye-opener to the whole idea of the race into space, particularly astonishing when nobody had ever done it before. What the film manages to do is relocate the sense of wonderment, astonishment and awe to the people working at the coal face, the hidden figures. You donít need to be good at Mathematics to enjoy this film but itís guaranteed to leave you inspired, uplifted and with a spring in your step because itís such a very well told story.