Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hollywood have show the space race in a heroic way, from Apollo 13 to The Right Stuff. What Nasa have achieved is part of the American history, but also what filmmaker love.

Something that story is missing, seems like the film industry just want smart guys, capable of everything, but where are the women from NASA?

Theordore Melfi (St Vincent) bring back to life the story of hard worker women whe are responsible just like men, for the success in the 60’s. Katherine Globe Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) Dorothy Vaughan ( Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle MonĂ¡e) are african american women working in NASA. Relegated to a department for “Colored people” they also are part of the space program doing work from as mathematicians to engineer work.

From the very beginning of the film, you get a sense about the times these women are living.
Katherine shows easily what she can do and quickly prove to her new boss Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) Dorothy is a strong woman who understand computers better than other men, but she always finds roadblocks by he supervisor Viviana Mitchell (Kristen Dunst) and Mary who is a woman with ideas and dreams to be an engineer, she takes her case to attend to a white only school to court to prove is possible for her.

Hidden Figures show a ground of women who show what is being the brightest and smatters in the room, but also show that downside. Specially if you are a person of color and if you are a women. The space program is surrounded by men and director Melfi does not sugar coded the message, life in the 60’s was hard for women who wants to succeed and people of color who also wants to succeed.

The film is a great document of american history of women who help the astronauts to and NASA to reach milestones. The film is not indeed to be a melodramatic portrait of racism and misogyny in our country, but a constant reminder about a social problem that still is among us.

Taraji, Janelle and Octavia are fabulous actress who portrayed perfectly this great women.

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