Weekend Post (South Africa)

Brains behind success


šššš HIDDEN FIGURES. Directed by Theodore Melfi. Starring: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. Showing at: Baywest

THIS movie is about three African-American women who invade and break down an industry brewing with racism and misogyny in the US.

It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about women mathematic­ians who worked at Nasa during the Space Race.

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson cross all gender and race lines when they serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in the US – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space.

Katherine surprises and humbles everyone when she manages to solve every mathematic­al glitch that threatens the success of the launch.

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