SELMA: Paramount Pictures, PATHÉ and HARPO FILMS reflect on Powerful Voting Rights Act of 1865
As we approach the theatrical release of SELMA and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, filmmakers take a reflective look at where America would be without this powerful movement.
The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
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Directed by Ava DuVernay, the first African-American to ever win Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance film festival for “Middle of Nowhere” SELMA, tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
SELMA stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey as “Annie Lee Cooper.”
The movie, opens Christmas Day (nationwide release Jan. 9)