Irresistably upliftingThe Guardian
Discover the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanised the world.
A pure crowd-pleasing triumph.
Monday 27 February, 17:45
Come and celebrate the Black women of science on screen with this special show of Hidden Figures presented in association with the British Society for the History of Science.
All welcome for a discussion of gender, race, and the race for space in Hidden Figures. What is the potential impact of improving the visibility of black women scientists in film? Why should the film industry improve the visibility of women in science? Why does promoting and normalising the idea of a woman scientist, and specifically a black woman scientist matter in 2010s?
This screening will be introduced by Dr Amy C. Chambers, a science and cinema scholar at Newcastle University. Amy’s research analyses the relationship between science and film/TV, and the importance of normalising and promoting diverse images of women scientists on screen.
Based on the book 'Hidden Figures' by Margot Lee Shetterly, which is a fascinating and illuminating history of these amazing African American women in science in 1960s America.
BBFC Advice: This film contains discrimination theme & mild bad language
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