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Based on a true story, Drama, Period and Historical
Set in the early 1960s as NASA vied with the USSR for supremacy in the Space race, this is based on the true story of three African American mathematicians who contributed to the success of the first American to orbit Earth. Part of a women-only team performing mathematical calculations, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are seen battling racial and gender barriers at a time when the Civil Rights Movement was at its height. Suffering segregation when working, eating and going to the bathroom, it is not until the all-male research team request more help with their mission that the women are seen as equals and begin to breakdown the discriminative culture around them. Inspirational and uplifting, the film shines a light on a lesser known yet culturally important story about diversity during a key moment in America’s history.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection alongside a screening from the Activate: Effecting Change strand of the festival.
A film guide that looks at Hidden Figures (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Powerful drama focusing on Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure voting rights for black Americans.
14+ years 123 mins
A moving story of friendship and heroism in the face of prejudice.
11+ years 140 mins
Comedy-drama about a white middle-class woman whose supposedly liberal father struggles to deal with her black fiancé.
14+ years 108 mins
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