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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published March 8th 2017
The Numbers Don't Lie
Sometimes a movie stays with you long after you finish watching it. Hidden Figures is one of these. This movie will appeal to most adults, especially those with memories of the 1960s. Hidden Figures has many layers and a few storylines are woven around the lives and interactions of the three main characters, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

Women, power, space, science, movie, fashion
The women behind the space race

The running time is 127 minutes and it is a powerful uplifting story that tackles the issues of sexism and racism in a gentle and humorous way. Hidden Figures has a great soundtrack and the authentic fashions and cinematography are beautiful. The big stars such as Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst do not overshadow the performances of the three main protagonists.

Space, drama, engineering
A powerful pair

It is based on the 2016 non-fiction book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race written by Margot Lee Shettery. This a little-known story of the intellects involved in the competition between America and Russia to get the first man in space and the roles that many women played behind the scenes. I loved the irony of the IBM needing the skills of the second class citizen 'computers' in order to compute.

Women, beauty, brains, fashion, fun
The fun of friendship

I have yet to meet a movie goer who has not enjoyed Hidden Figures and I will definitely purchase it on DVD when released. I am also going to read the book to gain further insight into the lives of these amazing intelligent women. Make sure you stay to the end to see before and after pictures of the ladies.
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Why? Learn something new about NASA and the race to conquer space
When: Check screening times at your preferred cinema
Where: At your local cinema
Cost: Varies depending on ticket type and session. Lots of deals available for cinema club members in March.
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