GIRL POWER! Film & Television Rec: "Hidden Figures"
Updated: May 27, 2020
“ The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. ” + Rating: PG
Country: United States 20th CENTURY FOX  biography / drama / historical
AUTHOR'S NOTES :
THIS IS HOW YOU DO REPRESENTATION!!!
THESE ARE THE MOVIES THIS WORLD HAVE ALWAYS NEEDED!!!
Just because most marginalized communities have had to endure oppression their entire lives does NOT mean that tragic endings are the one and only way to create verisimilitude in their stories. It also does NOT mean that ANY OTHER kind of ending is unrealistic.
POSITIVE representation does NOT mean sharing ONLY the stories that end in TRAGEDY.
To have suffered SO MANY negative experiences does NOT mean that said negative experiences make up the sum total of the lives of the individuals from marginalized communities because THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS. And just like the everyone else, they've had good moments and bad ones, they've made positive contributions to society ( sometimes getting the credit, most times not ) and negative ones ( though they're most likely to get scapegoated for those bad deeds done by others ), they have loved as well as lost, laughed as well as cried...
POSITIVE representation IS sharing ALL of the STORIES, from the HAPPY to the SAD to the MEDIOCRE.
‘Being historically accurate’, ‘Realistically, tragedy was the most likely outcome’, ‘No one would believe any other ending’ are excuses often used to validate lazy writing that—intentionally or not—instill or reinforce negative prejudices in the viewer regarding the minorities being discussed in a story. Seeing as modern popular culture is COMPLETELY saturated with just that ONE type of story, “Hidden Figures” is a refreshing and MUCH NEEDED film. A film that proves that a minority character is NOT any less believable if they experience happy and healthy relationships NOR is said character any less relatable should they successfully accomplish a personal and/or societal goal. ALSO, it proves that you CAN leave the theatre feeling empowered and optimistic after watching a film featuring a cast where a minority group make up the majority. <3
POSITIVE representation IS depicting POSITIVE POSSIBILITIES: ranging from how it COULD have been to how it CAN and SHOULD be!
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