Arts & Culture

Against All Odds

Title: Hidden Figures

Director: Theodore Melfi

Year: 2017

Rating: PG

The 1960s–the age of the Vietnam War, the Beatles, and “Hippies.” But the 1960s also ushered in the Civil Rights Movement. The recent film Hidden Figures focuses directly on the equality of all people despite gender, race, and background. As the U.S. competes against the Soviet Union to put a man into orbit around the earth, NASA discovers hidden talent in three African-American female mathematicians and engineers as they help launch the first manned American ship into space. Based on the remarkable true story of these three leading ladies as they are met with astounding opportunities and difficulties, the film highlights not only their intellectual but also societal achievements.

Because of the film’s setting, the issue of bigotry and discrimination is a central theme in the movie. Despite the clear prejudices many of the characters display, the film ultimately shows that all people are equal despite their differences. In the end, the film showed that gender and race, the two things everyone thought would hold the leading characters back, actually motivated them to work even more fiercely.

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy aspects of the movie is that it doesn’t take on a cliche tone of voice in depicting the dreams and goals of the leading ladies. Instead, the film offers an accurate and realistic depiction of their lives and remarkable achievements and influence at NASA. The social and occupational strides the three women made offers encouragement to the audience. Their achievements can inspire us to follow our goals and dreams and pursue them despite our fears.  

As many of us students head off into another year of high school or college, we should keep in mind that our goal as Christians isn’t to achieve earthly pleasures or glory. Instead, we should strive to live a life that worships the Lord.

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