37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Hidden Figures

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Nominated for three Academy Awards, Hidden Figures is the true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA during the organization’s early days, when segregation was still rife and women were not welcome in the sciences. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) served as the mathematical brains, known as “computers,” behind the 1963 launch of the Mercury-Atlas rocket flight which took John Glenn into Earth’s orbit. Based on the novel by UVA alumna Margot Shetterly, the film delves into a previously untold story of three American heroes. Discussion with author Margot Lee Shetterly, Dayna Matthew (UVA), Meredith Clark (UVA), and Aniko Bodroghkozy (UVA), moderated by Deborah McDowell (UVA)

Presented by James Madison’s Montpelier

Supported by the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights and the Office for Diversity and Equity


Sunday, November 12


4:30 PM


Downtown Mall : Vinegar Hill Theatre

Film Info

Director: Theodore Melfi

Runtime: 127 min.

Genre: Drama, Family

Year: 2016

Country: USA

Featuring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons.