A blog by Jacqueline Tabora

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Time check: It's half an hour before midnight. But I have this urge to write this piece after seeing a movie worth-watching: Hidden Figures. Well I must say that this is one movie that will get a place in my top 10 favorite movies.


Inspired by real-life events and true-to-life main characters, Hidden Figures delves in the significant roles of three African-American women in putting a man in space. Working in a prestigious institution, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the time when the blacks are segregated from the white Americans, these three women stood their ground, proved their worth and fought for their chance to be valuable beyond their gender and color.


"Hidden Figures" is that kind of movie that might intimidate a moviegoer at first (especially if you're the type who is just into the laughs and scenes to tingle your feeling), since the film is revolving around matters of science and mathematics with all those space words and mathematical calculations. However, I think these could be set aside, as the movie did a great job on putting the spotlight on the three women leads of the film, their roles and the characters they portray. The film did not waste time dabbling on filler scenes. It felt like the roughly two hours sufficed to touch on both the career and personal lives of each lead character. I was able to easily grasped what their life could have been during those times, the sacrifices they made the embarrassments they faced, all for standing up for themselves and proving they can do something significant in the society, particularly in the face of people who see them as a minority.


As a woman, Hidden Figures has inspired and taught me in a lot of ways. The three female characters, Katherine Goble, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, respectively, became my beacon of strength and now serve as women I look up to. Sure thing the portrayal in the film might and could be a bit more dramatic than what it was in real life, but the fact that I was introduced to these kind of women, who bettered themselves, studied hard and worked hard to rise to the top of their game, used their brains and fought tremendously hard for something better that they think they deserve, who would not want to be like them? Or to do well just like them?

Hidden Figures can be best described as a film about woman empowerment. Forget about all those geometry and analytics and calculations mentioned in the film, let the young females watch this and make them realize that someday they can be what these three African-American NASA women became; the firsts in their game. 


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