Selma

Drama | English | 128 minutes

 

Info
Despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, politicians in several Southern states made it difficult for Blacks to vote. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  is frustrated when he observes how thousands of Black citizens in Alabama were not permitted to vote. Defying segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace, and the safety  concerns of his wife Coretta, King organizes a 50-mile march from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery. On March 7, 1965, President Johnson watches on television as state troopers attack the marchers with clubs, horses, dogs, and tear gas. A furious President Johnson speaks before a Joint Session of Congress requesting quick passage of a bill that would eliminate any restrictions for a citizen to vote.  The result was the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.     
 Cast
David Oyelowo (Martin LutherKing, Jr.) / Tom Wilkinson (Lyndon B. Johnson) / Carmen Ejogo (Coretta Scott King) / Tim Roth (Governor George Wallace)
Why Stream This Film?
Film critic Richard Roeper praised the film as “an important history lesson that never feels like a lecture. Every high school class in America should take a field trip to see this movie.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99
  • Metacritic Score: 80
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Picture; Best Director (Ava DuVernay)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Freedom of Expression Award
  • New York Film Critics Awards: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
DuVernay gracefully shows the strategies, negotiations and meetings that made a dream possible. If we’re never quite inside King’s head, we are absolutely right beside him as the weight of history, and the hope of good people, falls on him.
Joe Neumaier

The New York Daily News

Director Ava DuVernay writes history with passionate clarity and blazing conviction. Even if you think you know what’s coming, SELMA hums with suspense and surprise. It is a triumph of efficient, emphatic cinematic storytelling.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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