24th March: 8.00pm
‘Breaking the Bias’ Global Film Screening – Hidden Figures
‘Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.’
Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder. It is loosely based on the 2016 non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose through the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Gobels Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
This film celebrates International Women’s Day which will be held earlier in March. There will be a broadcast pre-discussion on Monday 21st, 8pm on the JoinHer Network Facebook page.
Global Film Screenings at Strand Arts Centre are regular cultural films teamed up with an introduction, Q&A or discussion. It is a platform for championing films from different cultures in a relaxed and informative way. JoinHer Network and Beyond Skin have been invited to widen discussion and to share experiences. This creates wider discussion around the film and makes connections or comparisons to Northern Ireland.
Organised by Strand Arts Centre.