This is an exceptional piece about the power of this film from a perspective I hadn’t really considered. I particularly liked your observation about how this was a movie in contrast to the “lone genius” model, which seems to dominate the genre of STEM-based films, like The Imitation Game or A Beautiful Mind.
I wrote an article from a political empathy perspective about this, which I am curious about.
As a white man, I felt a sense of inclusion in the civil rights aspect of this film. The portrayals of white people in this film were largely sympathetic (in comparison the heroic portrayal of the African American women protagonists). I wonder what people of color’s reaction to that thought process is — does it seem to take away from a sense that this was the story of black women? Is there a positive sense that an inclusive approach (which I recognize is almost certainly a rose-coloring, if not outright re-writing, of the actual historical prejudice these women faced) might make the film reach a wider audience? Is there a sense that when white people see this movie and feel a sense of pride in the protagonists that that pride is misplaced?
Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.