Black History Month

These Free 'Hidden Figures' Screenings Will Bring The Movie's Message To Even More People

In honor of Black History Month.

The critical and box office success of Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of the Black women who helped send America to space, has been inspiring to witness. Everyone deserves a chance to see this Oscar-nominated film, which is why it's so exciting to learn that, in honor of Black History Month, AMC Theatres and 21st Century Fox have teamed up to provide free screenings this Saturday, February 18, in select cities.

Tickets must be reserved in advance. According to the website, many screenings are already full, but schools, community groups, and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for additional screenings here by February 28.

"As we celebrate Black History Month and look ahead to Women's History Month in March, this story of empowerment and perseverance is more relevant than ever," said Lisa Rubenstein of 20th Century Fox, according to Variety. "We at 21CF were inspired by the grassroots movement to bring this film to audiences that wouldn't otherwise be able to see it — audiences that might include future innovators and barrier-breakers — and we wanted to support and extend that movement."

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It's not the first time the film has been screened free of charge. Last month, Oscar-nominated star Octavia Spencer bought out a showing of the film in Los Angeles to allow less-fortunate families to see it. "My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings," she wrote on Instagram. Her co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Jim Parsons then followed her lead and bought out theaters of their own.

And it's not just the film's stars who want to ensure everyone has the chance to see it. A 13-year-old aspiring astronaut raised more than $10,000 to allow other girls to see the film in theaters. As the movie's message reaches more people, regardless of economic status, it has the opportunity to inspire even more young women to pursue their dreams, particularly in the STEM field.

(H/T: Entertainment Weekly)

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