Apr 30, 2017
This crowd pleasing film centers on the overlooked stories of women of color whose mathematical work contributed to NASA's first successful launch of a human being into orbit during the space race of the 1960s. We discuss how the film both illustrated the racial divide in America while showcasing the work & struggle of African American women. Though we all have some criticism of the work, in the end it may be the telling of a story we never knew and it's representation of strong, smart black women that matters most.
Hidden Figures is directed byTheodore Melfi and stars the dream team of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe among many others - including Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, and Mahershala Ali.
Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price; Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts; and Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC Cinematic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation.
The Price Projection Room (PPR) features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good.
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Recorded at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy