Why does it take Hollywood to tell us about U.S. History? Shouldn’t we be learning about key historical figures that influence our way of life in school? Shouldn’t we know the entire story, not just bits and peices? The answer is yes, but at least someone is telling the story and this particular one comes from Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, the screenwriters who adapted Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name. During the racially harsh and biased times of the 1950′s, the race between Russia and the U.S. to get to the moon was in full throttle. Three mathmatical geniuses, called “computers,” helped N.A.S.A. and the U.S. win this coveted title of being first to the moon. Without these women, who were African-American, a significant portion of our history would have changed. Overcoming extreme prejudices, these women trudged forward, not only proving their value, but representing their gender and their race to make all of us proud.
Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel star as Saroo, the young and older version, in the new film “Lion,” based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley. This true story depicts a young Indian boy, separated from his family by thousands of miles. Now in Calcutta and not speaking the language, Saroo has no way to locate them. His street smarts enable him to survive and eventually be adopted by a loving Australian family. His quest, as a young adult, is to find his biological family. This is an emotionally raw, gritty, and beautiful demonstration of the need for family and identity that will surely capture Oscar’s attention early in 2017.