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 Vaughn, 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.
Hidden Figures was originally not awarded the Dove Family Seal of Approval because the character played by Kevin Costner utters the name of Jesus one time in vain. I understand that such a curse is a breach of an important commandment and I bristle a bit inside when I hear people do it throughout my day. But this conversation gives me an opportunity to illustrate one of the ways that Dove will change in 2017. We won’t suddenly care less about honoring God and the name of Jesus. We will, however, always endeavor to respond as He desires, to try to see how He sees, and celebrate the best examples of being His people. And Dove will continue to grow as a vibrant, valuable resource for your love of entertainment.
The morals and dignity of this movie change us for the better. As a career woman and mother, I was moved deeply, and I am immensely grateful for all the talented artists who brought us this story. The honor, chivalry, strength and brilliance with which these historic people behaved amidst immeasurable challenge are the aspirations of a great nation. This movie has the power to uplift, inspire and unify us all, and Dove will participate in that journey of greater love and celebration of grace. We will be known for what we’re for — rather than what we’re against.
Please go see Hidden Figures. Take your children, their friends, your parents, co-workers, students, in-laws, neighbors, and your boss. Talk to them about the cultural truths and how faith and family clearly sustained these extraordinary women. And come back to Dove to join the conversation as we shape a new destination that celebrates truly great entertainment.