Love the title of this film, such a play on words. “Hidden”, unknown. “Figures”, as the women in the film are experts in math and numbers. And “figures” as in notable persons.
The film covers several themes which I found fascinating. I’ve always loved NASA’s early space program and even what they’re accomplishing now, regardless of government cut-backs they still make something happen: flyby of Saturn, discoveries on Pluto, and landing on the Moon often which no nation has yet accomplished.
But the historic backdrop is blurred by the underlying racial prejudice of those times, in the South, in the state of Virginia.
Separate sections in the library for whites and “coloreds”. Separate bathrooms, waterfountains, busses, etc. etc. This was in the 1960s as Dr. King was calling for equal rights among all races.
The characters in our play are confronting these sitauations daily and it’s fascinating watching them counteract each, as their counterparts tell them that “that’s the way it is!”
The film is based on actual occurrences.
The acting was superb. The personal sidenotes, such as the proposal of a man to one of the ladies was cute and you’re pretty cold-hearted if you shed no tear!
If you want to see why the USA’s space program, after many failures, finally beat the Russians and achieved winning the Space Race, and how a prejudiced South was not enough to dissuade three amazing Black women in overcoming these obstacles, pick this up!
DVD has great features and is a must-watch.