The 8th film of the movie season at FilmCrew honours three brilliant African-American women who helped to send astronauts into space. Hidden Figures will be shown at Crewkerne’s community cinema in the auditorium at Wadham School on Friday April 13th at 7.30 pm. The American biographical drama, directed by Theodore Melfi, is based on the non-fiction book of the same title written by Margot Lee Shetterly. It is the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who overcame sexism, racism and segregation, in early to around mid 20th Century America, to become central to NASA’s bid to put an American into space. Their mathematical calculations and scientific knowledge, helped to send Alan Shepherd and John Glenn into orbit and back to Earth again, in the early 1960’s.

Hidden Figures premiered a couple of days after the death of former astronaut John Glenn aged 95 years in 2016. Although unsuccessful in its three Oscar nominations in 2017, a tribute was paid at the awards ceremony when the actress Taraji P Henson, who plays the part of Katherine Johnson, welcomed the 98 year old lady onto the stage, commenting that she was: “A true NASA and American hero.”

The triumph of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, is all the more remarkable for the challenges they faced, at a time in history when discriminatory laws, ordinarily over-ruled brilliant minds. Visitors can attend an individual film show, without needing to book in advance for £6, payable when doors open at 7 pm. For membership enquiries, please contact Joan Clemow on 01935 822656.

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