Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Herschel Kruger
Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, “Silent Sky” explores women’s role in society and the social progress that accompanied the scientific discoveries at the turn of the century. Leavitt’s work at the Harvard University observatory is at first unnoticed, as she is placed in a women’s think tank largely discredited by the university’s male scientists. She is unable to express her ideas, and they often go ignored until claimed by a man. She is denied access to technology to further her work yet fights alongside the strong women supporting her to make her contribution known. In her free time, she works to measure the light and distance of stars, while also attempting to find balance between her work and her familial obligations, and considering the possibility of love in her future. A poignant tale of empowerment, “Silent Sky” invites audiences to experience how Leavitt and her colleagues fought to change the world’s perception of both the world around them and what lies beyond.