Hidden Figures is new on DVD this week

3rd July, 2017

New on DVD this week is inspiring true-story drama Hidden Figures, about a group of African-American women working for NASA, who - despite the discrimination they faced due to their race and gender - had a crucial impact on NASA developing the science to successfully launch their first manned orbit around the Earth. This is a wonderful, uplifting showcase of diversity in history.

Find out more about how Hidden Figures shines a light on maths, science and unsung heroes in our Film Feature

You can also download our Hidden Figures film guide

Remember to leave us your reviews of Hidden Figures once you've seen it! It's also your last chance to enter our latest Review Writing Competition, themed around films with a musical slant. The deadline for entries is this week - 6 July.

Hidden FiguresHidden Figures PG (11+)

Duration: 127mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Theodore Melfi
Cast: Taraji P. HensonOctavia SpencerJanelle MonáeKevin CostnerKirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, 

Set in the early 1960s as NASA vied with the USSR for supremacy in the Space race, this is based on the true story of three African American mathematicians who contributed to the success of the first American to orbit Earth. Part of a women-only team performing mathematical calculations, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are seen battling racial and gender barriers at a time when the Civil Rights Movement was at its height. Suffering segregation when working, eating and going to the bathroom, it is not until the all-male research team request more help with their mission that the women are seen as equals and begin to breakdown the discriminative culture around them. Inspirational and uplifting, the film shines a light on a lesser known yet culturally important story about diversity during a key moment in American history.

To celebrate the film's release we held special preview screenings of Hidden Figures, with an all-female panel of STEM experts on hand to discuss the film afterwards. Find out what the experts thought of the film in the videos below:

Related Films: Apollo 13, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, The Help, Selma

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