Earlier this week, I got the chance to screen Selma. Today it’s out in select theaters and I’m predicting that the Ava Duvernay-directed film is 2015’s Best Picture winner.
The movie is brilliant.
It’s a powerful depiction of the obstacles for African Americans to gain voting rights in the 1960’s, (even after it was legalized), and covers the marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery.
This movie couldn’t come at a better time than now. It depicts a critical point in the peaceful protests when Dr. King enlisted the help of clergy and one third of the protesters were white supporters for equal rights. It reminded me of the diverse representation at recent protests for Eric Garner.
Something to keep in mind is that this movie while captivating, is not entertaining. Some scenes are difficult to watch, but I hope that instead of upsetting audiences, it will inspire people to take on a peaceful approach for today’s issues when it comes to race and equality.
What movies are you watching on Christmas Day? I’m about to see Into The Woods! Wishing you guys a beautiful holiday.