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Summer Film Festival-Hidden Figures

As part of our Summer Film Festival, Ropetackle Cinema are proud to present four films that demonstrate very different aspects of diversity and inclusivity

You may have seen films about the Space Race before but this is the first one about space racism.

The US is locked in turmoil with racial divisions widening and misogyny rife. NASA is determined to send an astronaut on a trip around the earth before Russia beats them to it and three big, brilliant brains are drafted in to help the male-only Caucasian flight research team.

The problem? It’s 1962. They’re women and they’re black.

This incredible true-life story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan – the three African-American mathematicians, the brains behind the momentous launch and safe return of astronaut John Glenn – crossed all gender, race and professional lines. Yet these same women were subject to all manner of demeaning rules including being unable to drink coffee from the communal coffee pot, attend briefing meetings and having to jog twenty minutes to the nearest toilet. They suffered these indignities stoically but the release, when it came, was glorious.

The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae in career-defining roles.

2016 / USA /bio drama history / Cert. PG / 127 minutes



Tuesday 19th July 2022 - Starts 2pm


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