Films About Women Who Changed History

Scene from "Hidden Figures," about African-American woman who worked in the NASA space program.

In celebration of Women's History Month, The African Burial Ground is screening a selection of thought-provoking films featuring brave women who changed history. They can be seen at the Visitor Center at 290 Broadway. Admission is free.

Here is the schedule.

Sat., March 10, 1- 3 pm: Hidden Figures

African-American women mathematicians who persisted in carrying out their pivotal roles in NASA's early space program despite segregation and segregated facilities. Runtime: 127 minutes

Sat, March 17,  2 - 3 pm: Top Secret Rosies: The Female "Computers" of WWII

In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in a new computer age. Sixty-five years later, their story has been told. Runtime: 60 minutes

Sat., March 24, 11 am - 1 pm: Maya Angelou And Still I Rise

First feature documentary on the author/activist includes exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton and others. Runtime: 94 minutes

Sat, March 24, 1:30 - 3:45 pm: The Rosa Parks Story

A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Runtime: 97 minutes

Sat., March 31, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm: The Eagle Huntress

The story of a Mongolian girl's desire to compete in the male-dominated Ulgii Eagle festival. Runtime: 87 minutes.

Sat., March 31,  2:15 - 3:45 pm: He Called Me Malala

The story of a young Pakistani female activist who has spoken out for the rights of girls' education despite Taliban rule. Note: This movie is rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for all audiences: There are brief scenes of violence (views of guns and blood).