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Selma

Selma 12 rating

David Oyelowo’s stunning performance as Martin Luther King Jr. adorns this gripping account of the campaign that changed the course American civil rights.

Biopic 2014 128 mins

Director: Ava DuVernay

Overview

David Oyelowo’s stunning performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. adorns this gripping account of the civil rights marches that would chart a new course for social justice in America.

Set in 1964 at the heights of the civil rights campaign, Dr. King and his team have arranged a series of marches through Southern towns to protest against voting rights injustices. As they prepare to march from Selma to Montgomery the omens suggest a violent clash awaits; while President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) observes anxiously from afar and J. Edgar Hoover (Tim Roth) covertly interferes with King’s private life. Nominated for two Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Ava DuVernay’s powerful, essential drama details a momentous sequence of events with unflinching precision, highlighting the inspirational human stories at the centre of a key period in American history.