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Movies about women struggle and their true power.

Agora - Die Säulen des Himmels (2009) Adventure, Biography, Drama | 2h 7min | 11 March 2010 (Germany) 7.2
Director: Alejandro AmenábarWriters: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo GilStars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar IsaacSummary: Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with the Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hidden Figures: Unerkannte Heldinnen (2016) Biography, Drama, History | 2h 7min | 2 February 2017 (Germany) 7.8
Director: Theodore MelfiWriters: Allison Schroeder, Theodore MelfiStars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle MonáeSummary: As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Gobels Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Persepolis (2007) Animation, Biography, Drama | 1h 36min | 22 November 2007 (Germany) 8.1
Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane SatrapiWriters: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent ParonnaudStars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena RowlandsSummary: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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