Why everybody needs to watch Selma

Why everybody needs to watch Selma

Mar 16, 2015, 08:37 AM

History has shown us time and again that one dream can change the world and in Selma, the highly acclaimed film about Martin Luther King, we are reminded once again of this. 

What a deep and moving film this was. To know that this is the struggle and the heartache that so many people had to live with and fight through, left me heartbroken, angry and shocked.

Selma is the unforgettable, true story that chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

Director, Ava DuVernay's Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

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Looking behind the curtain of history, we learn more about the political obstacles and negotiations King had to navigate in order to realize his agenda – including compromises within his own political, racial, and religious affiliations in order to achieve a greater good. Probing even deeper, we learn more about the toll that being an icon of Civil Rights took on Martin the man, his family and marriage.

I didn’t know what to expect from this film before watching it, but the film made me wish that we didn’t have these horrible, segregating battles in history and that people could’ve lived in peace with one another. The film is filled with tension, deep conversation, quiet reflective moments, leaving you wanting more. Wanting to know more and understand more, and rooting for King to be successful with leading a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights.

The film stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson and Common deliver dramatic and gripping performances. This film was well-deserving of the Best Picture award for the Oscars, however, didn’t take the prize.

I would definitely recommend this film to anyone, whether you are big into history or not. This film is inspiring and has you backing King all the way as he tries to fight for his people. Catch Selma while it’s still showing at cinemas!

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