Finding Strength In Hidden Figures

January 31, 2017

These are turbulent times indeed. Almost daily, I’m left super confused not only about my own life, but about the state of the world. Yet, there is so much to admire in the united forces of others standing up for their convictions. To say I have been moved by protesting against the powers that be would be a gross understatement.

This movie isn’t about a protest but it is about standing up for yourself and having courage on a daily basis. It’s one of those movies where I didn’t have any preconceived expectations about it. I started watching thinking, oh, if I don’t like it, I’ll turn it off. Pretty much the exact opposite of La La Land or Manchester By The Sea, which were oversold to me and for which I had too high of expectations.

Hidden Figures is a just a beautiful little film. Never does it wax on too strongly with sentiment or violence; yet, it gets its point across with subtle acting that is both believable and inspiring. It is the incredible true story of three brilliant African-American women working for NASA in the 1960s. Not only do these women cross gender and race lines, but the tenacity they had simply in their day-to-day left me awestruck.

Throughout the entire film I kept saying, “I can’t believe I didn’t know about this,” and “it’s not that long ago.”

The movie is fitting for our times. Times where we might feel lost against the majority or alone against those who have more authority than we do. Not only does it remind us to have belief in ourselves, but also what just a few can accomplish for the betterment of the world. If you are needing motivation or to have your spirit enlivened, I highly recommend Hidden Figures.


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