A scene from Selma.
A scene from Selma. Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijima

DVD REVIEW: Selma walks the hard steps of American history


Stars:David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr., Oprah Winfrey

Director:  Ava DuVernay

Reviewer: Megan Mackander

Verdict: 4 stars



SELMA walks through the actions of Martin Luther King Jnr in his fight against inequality, ignorance and hate in the United States.

Set in 1965, King (a star-making performance by British actor David Oyelowo) is at loggerheads with US President Lyndon B. Johnson.

King is fighting to remove the cruel obstructions preventing African Americana from exercising their right to vote.

King makes his way down to Selma, Alabama, to continue with his passion to end hate and have basic rights passed in Congress.

Small, peaceful protests have turned violent. Dark lighting swaps between the determined yet broken faces of African Americans marching the street and the aggressive state troopers.

Men, women, the elderly are all beaten, bashed and killed. And no one is held accountable.

King and the African American residents stage a mass peaceful protest, embarking on a 80km march to the state's capital, Montgomery. They don't get far.

The most harrowing scenes come when the group of peaceful protestors are blocked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and issued a complete onslaught.

The incident played across the world as media recorded the entire event, so history fans have criticised the accuracy of the film.

I would have also loved to have seen more original footage.

If you're a history fan like me, you'll love Selma.



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