It's A Movie Review, Snitches!: Selma


Dear World,

The new year is start off on a high note, movie wise. Let's talk about the movie Selma, shall we?  Here are all the vital statistics:

Director:  Ava DuVernay
Starring:  David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Common
Synopsis:  In spring of 1965, a series of dramatic events changed the course of America and the modern concept of civil rights forever -- as courageous marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attempted three times to carry out a peaceful procession from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on a quest for the basic human right to vote. The film chronicles a string of astonishing historical details, large and small -- including the intense, adversarial relationship between Dr. King and President Lyndon Johnson, the troubling involvement of the FBI and the unbreakable spirit of ordinary men and women who sacrificed and united around voting rights. But what emerged from these stark details is a vivid tapestry of an American turning point in the making and the stirring journey of a man finding his way through doubts and daunting obstacles towards not just leadership but the togetherness required to make real change in the world.
Rated PG-13

Even before it's release, Selma already had Oscar buzz in the air. But were they jumping the gun? 
Not at all. Not in the least. Often times when we hear about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, we picture a man, a Civil Rights leader, who's speeches stirred the hearts of men and help lead this country towards equality. Often time we forget that just like any other person, Dr. King was flawed. Nothing came easily. He had critics and naysayers, some of which were people close to him. You get to see some of this in Selma. The movie does a great job on touching many documented struggles King faced: from opposition in the White House to the FBI exposing his infidelities to his wife Cora. This just leaves me even more moved by the work this great man did.


I will say that because of the time frame of this movie, there has to be violence. And it's done in a way that's not too over to the top, in terms of gore, but you will be moved. Some may be moved to tears. Others may be moved to be upset. But to act like the beatings and killings didn't exist during that time would be a disservice to the movie.

Because of the importance of this story, I urge everyone to see it. I also recommend that children, high school aged, should see this film. More and more we have seen that this country continues to struggle with racial issues so it's important for the youth to know that this violence isn't a new development. Our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents lived through this. That should inspire us to continue the fight for liberty, equality and justice for all.

Love, Toni

Ms. Toni

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