At first glance, you may not think that a film about black women physicists calculating figures in the space program is the ticket to a good night out. Look again.
It’s a great, uplifting story filled with ‘firsts’ at a time in the 60s when segregation was rife, women’s roles were compromised and the NASA space program was keenly competing against the Russians to send the first man into space. Theodore Melfi’s film concentrates on the real life journeys of three Afro American mathematicians with aspirations. Three delightful performances bring the women to life and in this previously untold story we follow them through the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. The film may be Hollywood-ised with a predictable structure and consequential emotional curve, but nonetheless provides wonderful source material about strong, talented women struggling for their rights as they aspire to make a meaningful contribution.