My Ratings: 4.2/5.
The Imitation Game, Wild, American Sniper, Mr.Turner, Big Eyes, Foxcatcher, Unbroken, The Theory Of Every Thing, Fury, Kill The Messenger – and among these never-ending list of biographies produced in 2014, Selma turns out to be the one with the most impact.
The film Selma vividly depicts the unfortunate times when equality and respect in the society depended on one’s race and color.
Presently with a Black President behind the desk it is hard for us to imagine the amount of sacrifice and torment the Black community of United States went through in the past, the sacrifice they had to make just to claim their basic rights as a citizen.
But then again, it was the time to change the course of history forever.
It was 1965 and Martin Luther King leaded the epic march from Selma to Montgomery (Alabama), a nonviolent protest demanding for the right-to-vote for all black men and women in the country.
While under the orders of George Wallace (the then Governor of Alabama) countless innocent men and women (of all ages) were harassed, brutally beaten and even murdered but that didn’t stop Martin Luther King from keep demanding his rights (peacefully though).
President Lyndon Johnson finally had to give in and it was victory – a victory of both equality and humanity.
The film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay brilliantly manages to portray the emotions and sentiments of the people who fought for what they believed was right.
And such a powerful film is evidently backed by some outstanding performances – David Oyelowo (as King, he is simply brilliant), Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth and others.
Selma with four Golden Globe Award nominations (won for Best Original Song) was also nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the Oscars this year.
A film that will undoubtedly touch your heart. Watch it.