Colonial Williamsburg to screen Hidden Figures

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

Colonial Williamsburg will honor the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures" with a special screening at the Kimball Theater. A guest speaker who worked with the film's real-life heroines will introduce the film and answer questions after the credits roll.

Joel Levine, a research professor in William & Mary's Department of Applied Science, spent 41 years working as a scientist for NASA at Hampton's Langley Research Center as well as the organization's headquarters in Washington.

The film, set in Hampton in 1961, chronicles the struggles of three female African-American scientists at NASA Langley and their efforts to aid in the space race.

"Movies are very, very important," Marianne Johnston, the Kimball's program manager, said. "People don't really tell stories anymore. Movies are essential to that."

Johnston said the theater is excited to screen such a historically significant film, in which "untold stories are finally told."

She is confident that locals who attend will walk out of the theater satisfied.

"I'm hoping they'll take away a sense of knowing history they didn't know before and a sense of pride."

Want to go?

The showing will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $7 for seniors and students; they are available at the Kimball Theater box office, by phone at 855-296-6627 or online at colonialwilliamsburg.com. Other showings of the film will play through March 14.

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