Film Selma on civil rights movement in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Selma Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr. Movie HD

Another video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

Upcoming Black Film To Watch: Selma

22 December 2014

This is the trailer and panel discussion for “Selma” a historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King.

By Maria Duarte in Britain:

Friday 6th Febuary 2015

A film on the US civil rights movement highlights unresolved issues, says MARIA DUARTE

Selma (12A)
Directed by Ava DuVernay

MARTIN LUTHER KING JNR would probably be smarting at the irony, if he were still alive.

This critically acclaimed film about his painstaking fight for black civil rights is at the centre of a row about a lack of diversity in Hollywood.

It comes as Selma received just two Oscar nominations for best picture and best original song, while its director Ava DuVernay was overlooked in the best director category which would have made her the first African-American woman to have been nominated.

British actor David Oyelowo was also snubbed for the best actor award for his extraordinary portrayal as Dr King in what has been dubbed the “Oscars so white” on social media — all this year’s nominees are that skin colour.

It is a travesty because Oyelowo is breathtakingly impressive in capturing King’s passion, his soulfulness and his frailties as a man as well as his political acumen.

Co-written by DuVernay and Paul Webb, the film centres on the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 which led to equal voting rights for African-Americans becoming enshrined in law.

DuVernay avoids producing a laboured history lesson. Instead she delivers an intelligent, compelling and heart-wrenching drama of outstanding breadth and depth in which King is portrayed warts and all.

She depicts the pivotal roles played by key black men and women in the movement and explores the tensions which arose between activists in King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the young militants of the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee after King and his team rolled into Selma and took charge.

The action sequences in which peaceful demonstrators, including women and children, are brutally beaten by racist white Alabama state troopers are painfully graphic.

The shooting dead of unarmed young man Jimmie Lee Jackson (Keith Stanfield) as he protects his mother is the most difficult to stomach.

The portrayal of King’s fractious relationship with President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) has sparked controversy, not least because Johnson agrees to the FBI’s J Edgar Hoover bugging and monitoring the civil rights leader and sabotaging his marriage in order to derail him.

Fifty years on and King’s wildest dream is a reality — the US has its first black president — but little else has fundamentally changed.

Unarmed black youths are still being killed by white police, as was the case with 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri last year.

Barack Obama’s administration has done very little to eradicate the systemic racism and racial discrimination still prevalent in the US or improve the job prospects of poor African-Americans.

Sadly, the reality is that King’s dream remains just that.

David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr, and director Ava DuVernay tell Gaby Wood why their Oscar-nominated film ‘Selma’ will make audiences both elated and angry: here.

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  2. 50 years ago: Cattle prods used on Selma school children
    A Selma solidarity march in Harlem

    On February 10, 1965, black school children demonstrating for civil rights were the victims of a brutal and sadistic attack by Selma Sheriff Jim Clark and his deputies, who led a group of over 100 young people on a forced march for over two miles during which those who fell behind were beaten or poked with cattle prods.

    The school children had been quietly standing in front of the Dallas County Courthouse carrying crayoned signs demanding voting rights for blacks, when Clark announced their arrest for truancy. The children were forced to run for most of the distance while deputies rode in cars, taking turns on foot. Unable to continue because of exhaustion, the youth finally rebelled and took shelter at the home of one of the marchers.

    Deputies blocked a bridge with a police car to keep newsmen from following as they prodded and beat the children. Marchers described how a young girl stopped along the way, unable to go on. A deputy jabbed her with a club, saying, “March, dammit, you are going to march.” Another young girl received a large lump on her head after being jabbed with a cattle prod. One nine-year-old boy was forced to make the march barefoot, and a 15-year-old youth reported being hit in the mouth with a nightstick.

    For weeks, Selma had been the scene of protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. against Alabama’s manipulation of voter registration requirements to keep blacks disenfranchised. Since mid-January, 3,400 had been arrested in Selma and other cities. The brutal tactics of Sheriff Clark provoked widespread outrage and inspired greater determination on the part of workers and youth to expand the struggle.


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