Story still resonates
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.