Director: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer
Just like Buzz, nobody remembers the 2nd man on the moon. So how do you think a female Negro maths nerd working behind the scenes at NASA would have fared. Not very well. I bet you didn't know who she was till this movie came out. I didn't
This is the true story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Three negro ladies working at NASA in the 1960s who's contributions made it possible for the USA to get a man in space and even more importantly getting them back again.
It's tragic this true story is not common knowledge. Basically the white man would not have landed on the moon if not for their genius. They figured out the maths behind the physics and without them, household names like John Glenn or Neil Armstrong would not have made it back alive. These women also had the Right Stuff.
There is a great speech by Taraji P. Henson that shouts out the frustration and anger of the times for African Americans. Not even being the smartest person in the room was enough to break through the prejudice.
This film is also a tribute to the pioneers of modern technology who sit diligently day after day with their heads down trying to work out how shit works. ROB