DVD cover: Selmaby Ava DuVernay
2014
128 min
PG-13

Centered around the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, Selma chronicles the struggles of black people in the South trying to exercise their voting rights in a country still hostile about desegregation and rampant with racism and violence against people of color.

Although Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a central character, the film makes it clear that many people were instrumental in the voting drives, the organization of the marches, and the other campaigns for change.

Interspersed with the focus on pressuring President Johnson to pass legislation that ensures voting rights are reminders of why those rights are so vital: from the Ku Klux Klan murdering four little black girls via a church bombing, to Annie Lee Cooper being repeatedly refused the right to register by the white registrar, to state troopers murdering and beating protestors.

While obviously a feature film and not a documentary, Selma is a must-see movie for students to help them gain insights into issues such as white supremacy, voting rights, civil rights, and how our long history of racism and oppression continues to flourish today.