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Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Selma is a Must See Historical Drama

Selma is a story of perseverance and strength of character.  It is the story of a small group of brave and principled individuals who overcame adversity, hatred and racism in the USA, in much the same way that Nelson Mandela and his comrades did in South Africa.

It is an important dramatisation of historical fact, and it will leave you feeling pensive… sad, yet happy.

The movie begins in 1964 when Dr Martin Luther King Jr receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The scene then shifts to the bombing of a church in the US, in which 4 young black girls are killed, and another scene in Selma, Alabama, where Annie Lee Cooper, a well to do black woman is attempting to register to vote, with no success.
Martin Luther King Jr is distressed by the bombing, and the loss of innocent black lives, and he is deeply concerned by the fact that black people are being prevented from registering as voters. He seeks an audience with President Lyndon Johnson and implores him to pass federal legislation allowing blacks to register as voters, unhindered by racist white registrars.  But, Johnson declines stating that he has more important things to attend to.

This, along with other racist incidents, the arrest of Annie Lee Cooper, King and other activists after unrest in front of the courthouse when they non-violently demand the right to register as voters,  and the brutal and senseless murder of Jimmy Lee Jackson, leads to the famous Selma to Montgomery March.
The rest is history, and is brilliantly and poignantly portrayed in this classic movie.

The triumphs, the heartbreaks and the injustices will leave you weeping tears of joy and tears of sadness and disbelief at man’s inhumanity to man.

The stark reality of this famous march hits home in the final moments of the movie when footage of the actual march is shown, of the actual March, and the fate that each of the major players met with, be it good or bad, as was the case with Viola Liuzzo, one of the White Women who joined the March and was killed a couple of hours after Dr King’s famous speech made from the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.
The part of Martin Luther King Jr is brilliantly played by British actor David Oyelowo, and Carmen Ejoga plays his wife, Coretta. Oprah Winfrey plays the part of Annie Lee Cooper and there are cameo appearances by a host of well-known actors, including Cuba Gooding Jnr, Martin Sheen and John Lavelle.  

The movie was produced by Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and directed by Ava DuVernay and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

If you made a point of seeing “Long Walk to Freedom”, you should absolutely see Selma, and see for yourself the reason that Nelson Mandela was likened to Martin Luther King Jr.  

Selma is being released on Friday, 06 February at cinemas nationwide.

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