After everything that has happened last year involving police brutality, Paramount Pictures teamed up with Oprah Winfrey, Pathé, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Cloud Eight Films and released SELMA everywhere on January 9, 2015. This movie came right on time!
Without giving the whole movie away, here's a brief synopsis...
SELMAwas directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb and Ava DuVernay. This biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. showed how discrimination was still alive even after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South. Because of the difficulty African Americans had to be able to vote, Dr. King and his followers marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, while having a "non-violence philosophy", in order to influence President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Now lets talk about how I really felt...
1. Watching African Americans and other protestors be victims of police brutality.
GRRR! It made me really upset to see this because it's still going on; from Trayvon Martin to Mike Brown to Eric Garner and many other names that haven't surfaced in (... or have been buried by) the media. I was definitely taking my frustration out by yelling at the screen.
2. Watching Dr. King accomplish his goal and pave the way for African American voting rights.
Many people may not know what went on during those times, but watching what him and many other protestors overcome trials and tribulations was sooooo inspiring and motivating! No matter what was thrown in his way, Martin Luther King Jr. set goals and, with God's guidance, he achieved them and made history, which is very admirable.
3. He was just like you and me.
While watching this movie, you see that he went through things just like we all do. He made mistakes, had people speak negativity over what he believed in and needed spiritual encouragement, but he still fought for his beliefs, rights and goals. He was a human and it shows that we can do anything we set our minds to with God's guidance and direction. We can make history and make a change.
This movie gets a 10 ALL ACROSS THE BOARD! It came out right on time, it was very educational, and it showed all of what you don't normally read in history books. I enjoyed everything about this movie: the cast, the directing, the music, and the overall script. SELMA was powerful! Ms. Winfrey, you did it again!Definitely a MUST-SEE!
Here's the official trailer. Find it in a theatre near you!
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Happy Martin Luther King Day!
Your work is not in vain.
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