Hidden Figures: The Story Behind the US's Triumph in the Space Race
Imagine being an African-American woman in the US in the 1960s, working on one of the most important projects of all time: launching a man into space. During a time of heightened racial tension in the country and international competition with the Soviet Union in the Space Race, Hidden Figures gives us a glimpse into the lives of three brilliant mathematicians working at NASA. The film is based on the true story of Katherine Johnson, a “human computer”, Dorothy Vaughan, a supervisor and a leader at the forefront of computer programming, and Mary Jackson, who would later become the first female African-American engineer.
To anyone looking for a movie to watch, Hidden Figures has my highest recommendation. With an intriguing plot line and a talented cast, the film strikes a rare balance between relatable, heartwarming moments in quotidian life and a highly symbolic message, that every step, every small victory in breaking the barrier of racial discrimination was crucial to the United States’ ultimate national and international success.