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Hidden Figures

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  • Fri 24 Feb to Thu 2 Mar
  • 127 minutes
  • Director: Theodore Melfi
  • Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
  • USA (2016)
  • Audio description headphones are supported for use during performances of this film


Without three gifted mathematicians, America might not have put its first man into space in 1961. That they were also female and black in a country where racial segregation still had a sour normalcy only adds piquancy to the story.

Theodore Melfi’s biopic Hidden Figures tells the uplifting tale of how these women helped make history. Played with great, often wry gusto by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the trio are plucked from numeric drudgery by a NASA systems boss to help meet a timetable accelerated by presidential decree. As if things weren’t already challenging enough, the women also face the routine prejudice of their work colleagues.

Hidden Figures deftly avoids clichéd melodrama to celebrate amazing achievements in a society in the throes of change.

The screening on Sunday 26th February is in partnership with African Odyssyes at the BFI.

This screening is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk