Story still res­onates

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

IM­POR­TANT and sadly still rel­e­vant 50 years af­ter the real life events, Selma de­picts a piv­otal few weeks in Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s cam­paign for civil rights.

In 1964, at­tempts by AfricanAmer­i­cans in Selma, Alabama to reg­is­ter to vote are be­ing brick­walled with un­rea­son­able on-thes­pot quizzes about the USA gov­ern­ment by white regis­trars.

Dr King (David Oyelowo) heads down to help or­gan­ise a peace­ful march across the bridge to nearby town Mont­gomery.

His pres­ence stirs up lo­cal racist red­necks and the hos­tile law en­force­ment, who do not hes­i­tate to re­spond vi­o­lently.

Mean­while, Dr King’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son (Tom Wilkin­son) in try­ing to get fed­eral leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing black cit­i­zens to reg­is­ter to vote un­en­cum­bered seem to be go­ing nowhere.

With ten­sion still rag­ing be­tween races and the fight for equal­ity and ac­knowl­edge­ment for mi­nori­ties still go­ing on even to­day, Selma is a re­minder that tol­er­ance is nec­es­sary and de­served for ev­ery­one.

It also serves as a trib­ute to the pi­o­neers who put their lives on the line to open doors for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Fo­cus­ing on the frus­trat­ingly po­lit­i­cal game of chess as well as the hu­man an­gle, Selma cov­ers all bases on the event and move­ment, re­sult­ing in an emo­tion­ally ex­haust­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

A mi­nor stum­ble is the bizarre way in which King’s in­fi­delity is touched upon then promptly aban­doned.

Per­haps a lit­tle too long and slow paced for some, it is nev­er­the­less beau­ti­fully filmed, ter­rif­i­cally acted by the en­tire cast and con­sis­tently mov­ing.

Ava Du­Ver­nay David Oyelowo, Car­men Ejogo, Tom Wilkin­son Ju­lian Wright Fe­bru­ary 12

David Oyelowo and Car­men Ejogo star in Selma.

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