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Mercury 13 offers yet another sobering example of how institutionalized sexism has thwarted countless dreams -- and held nations back from their full potential.
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This is the sort of film that begins modestly-seemingly only a piece of curious history-and grows steadily deeper as it moves to its climax, and that climax is a powerful one.
At a brisk and efficient 78-minutes, Mercury 13 is engaging, yet sadness and anger seeps in as it progresses.
A soaring tribute to some aviation pioneers.
An engaging blend of modern-day interviews and archival footage, Mercury 13 complicates the traditional narrative of triumph surrounding the Mercury missions of the '60s and their culmination with the moon landing.
But their determination and commitment did manage to inspire other women to pursue careers in spaceflight. Collins, the former NASA astronaut, is likely just one example. By telling their stories, Mercury 13 is trying to do the same.
While they may not have reached their highest potential, they represent true heroes. These women encourage young women to continue to reach for the stars
Told through the perspective of many who went through the program, who hold both love in their hearts for those who supported them along the way and rightful disdain for those who held them down, Mercury 13 finally gives these women their rightful due.
While parts of the documentary are dull, it's enlivened by some breathtaking aerial photography and Philip Sheppard's electronic & string-heavy score.
Mercury 13 is brief at only 80 minutes, which only underlines its unassuming and modest ambitions.
Desire has not always equaled power, and this documentary makes it as clear as the light of the moon. [Full review in Spanish]
Mercury 13 shares how 13 women were denied an opportunity that could have changed American society for decades afterward, and their story needs to be known.
A splendid documentary about the little known female pilots tested for spaceflight in 1961.
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