Screening of the movie Hidden Figures

November 13 2017 EPFL, Auditorium CO1

Are you familiar with the work of women as so-called “human computers”? The movie Hidden Figures by Theodore Melfi is the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space programme. A free screening is organized at EPFL on Monday November 13, 2017 at 18:00.

Come and join us in Auditorium CO1! The movie will be featured in English with French subtitles. It is jointly organized by NCCR MARVEL, EPFL Equal Opportunities Office and CECAM.

This event is related to the upcoming event featuring Ms. Mary Ann Mansigh, a truly outstanding representative of the first generation of coders, and taking place on November 15, 2017 at EPFL in Auditorium CO1. 

The official poster for the film Hidden Figures 2016

Storyline — As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. (Storyline by 20th Century Fox

Watch the trailer here.