Selma (2014)


It’s one of the defining moments of history. Speaking in Washington DC, in 1963, Dr Martin Luther King shared his dream for racial equality, his hope that one day all Americans would be judged ‘not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character’. While King’s words rung clear on that day, and continue to echo down the years, his optimism remains largely unrealised; indeed, it’s impossible to watch Selma without drawing obvious parallels with what’s happening publically in places like Ferguson and Staten Island and on an unreported daily basis across the USA. Yet the power of Ava DuVernay’s astonishing film is that it doesn’t shy away from laying bare the political and cultural limitations placed on King’s work, even as it celebrates his relentless endeavours.

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