April 10th, 2015 by PRatt
April 25, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – 2:30 pm

(US, 2014) Directed by Ava DuVernay. Screenplay Paul Webb. Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Wendell Pierce, Alessandro Nivola.

Forget about the Oscar slights and the LBJ controversy, but remember this: Selma is one of the most important films about the Civil Rights Movement ever made. With Ava DuVernay, a young black director, there is a thankful lack of a sympathetic white main character to ‘help audiences relate’ to what is a vital part of all Americans’ history. Over three months in 1965, African Americans led by Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) marched from Selma to Montgomery, demanding equal voting rights. But the first steps getting over the bridge were the hardest, as the marchers were attacked by racist police and townspeople, and stymied by the U.S. governmentĂ­s reticence to get involved.
127 min.

“a film that is less about easy catharsis or reignited fury than the vision, strategic discipline, and political wrangling required to maintain and grow democracy.” Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post.


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