Selma is one of those movies that doesn't come around too often. The film is an emotional and poignant look at just one major event in Dr. Martin Luther King's journey to achieve equality and civil rights. The film stars the amazing British actor David Oyelowo as Dr. King who spent close to seven years preparing for this role of a lifetime and embodies King so wholeheartedly you almost believe it is the man himself.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Selma is directed by Ava DuVernay and also stars Common, Carmen Ejogo (Coretta Scott King), Tim Roth and Tom Wilkinson. I had the opportunity to talk to David, his co-stars and Ava in New York about the importance of Selma and the relevance it holds today.
Selma opens in L.A. and New York 12/25/14 and WIDE on 1/9/15