Screening of the Movie Hidden Figures

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, May 6, 2017

Good morning to all.

I would like to thank you for joining us this morning to see Hidden Figures. I saw this movie a few weeks ago and I can say that it is one of the best and most shocking that I have seen in my life.  It is gratifying to see that young people and adults, women and men, professionals and students, workers and religious, Creoles and Miskitos accompany us in the audience.  You represent the diversity that exists in Nicaragua and the people with whom we in the embassy have an important commitment.

I hope this movie shows us the importance of this diversity.

I would also like to extend my thanks in particular to Guadalupe Carias, general manager of Cinemark Metrocentro; Julio Tapia, President of COCINSA and its general manager, Claudia Tapia, for all the support provided for the free screening of this film that had 3 Oscar nominations this year.

Without their cooperation, we could not receive the message that this film transmits to us.

I hope you acknowledge this work mainly because it highlights the reality of the participation of women, and also of the African American community that is often hidden in our history in the United States.

In 1960, NASA worked on an ambitious journey to send a man to the moon. At that time, we all knew about their work and efforts, but it was never publicly mentioned that there were African American women with great mathematical skills.  They were also in charge of the calculations and estimates that made  the launching of the rocket and the astronauts a success.

Today we know that three African American women gave a valuable contribution to this race for the conquest of space and technological development.

Women can embark on challenges and goals in areas where our talents have been hidden.  I invite you all to meet these talented women who contributed to a better society and I invite you to recognize the skills and abilities of all women to stop being “hidden figures.”

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