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Selma

Selma

DVD - 2015 | Widescreen edition
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Paramount, [2015]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD SELMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby Digital
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Selma (Motion picture). French

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manoletters
Apr 19, 2021

MLK was a true inspiration to all human beings. A return to non-violent protest would be a good idea these days.

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tootiebooks99
Apr 10, 2021

Excellent and powerful! Excellent acting and casting!

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Molloe
Oct 19, 2020

I placed hold on Movie Selma; it's available at Chinatown only,
which is inconvenient for me to go & get the video.

I'm trying to transfer the video to Excelsior Library; I don't see the option on
the screen.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 16, 2020

In my opinion, Selma is so convincing in its portrayal of how nonviolent action can affect social change. It is an inspiring moment when the Selma community is joined by priests, nuns, ministers, and rabbis on the march from Selma to Montgomery, united in their pursuit of freedom, equality, and justice. Here we see the important roles of prayer, Scripture passages, hymns, and community solidarity. Also, it’s difficult to recognize the peak of the film because each segment is just as entertaining as the last. My final rating is 3.5/5.
@Barcelonafan1 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

RandomLibrarian Sep 01, 2020

This moving drama feels like it could be happening today, as African-Americans are still fighting against police violence, voter suppression, and white complacency.

Dr. King is portrayed as a man, not a myth, so he is human, flawed, at times tired or doubtful that things will ever change. It is acknowledged that while King was a great man, he couldn't have done the work he did alone. We also see other greats of the Civil Rights movement, like John Lewis, James Bevel, and Bayard Rustin. The director also chose to highlight a number of women who are generally overlooked by history, such as Diane Nash, Amelia Boynton, and Annie Lee Cooper. Also included were some white Civil Rights activists, such as Viola Liuzzo and the Reverend James Reeb, both of whom were murdered by white supremacists/the KKK in relation to their participation with the Selma march.

If you haven't seen this film, you need to.

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Nooksack20
Apr 03, 2018

A very santized version of history, this movie attempts to portray King as a sainted man, faultless in life and ready to sacrifice himself for the cause. Having lived through these years as a young adult, I can attest to the fact that the period was anything but non-violent.

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QuentinHayes
Mar 07, 2017

Beautifully done. David Oyelowo pays homage to King without trying to overdo it. Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King with grace and compassion, and Tom Wilkinson does a fab job of embodying LBJ caught up in the arc of justice despite himself. Powerful & timely.

This is the story of civil rights activists and their struggles. This is my fav, because it shows how a unified people can stand up to unfairness. - Hanan - Teen Volunteer

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 26, 2016

Poor- The movie is amateurish and hackneyed in both acting and direction. I even found myself laughing out loud at various points because of how bad it was- not the reaction you want from a film that depicts people marching for their freedom.

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akirakato
Jul 26, 2016

This is a 2014 American historical docudrama directed by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis.
The performnces of the major actors are superb.
Tim Roth plays George Wallace you would love to hate.
It is a gripping, powerful and emotinally moving docudrama.

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phantomas
Aug 13, 2015

CORRETTA: "I've gotten used to a lot. All the hours wondering after your safety, worried about how you are. This house. Renting here. No foundation. Without the things the children should have, all because of how it would look. I have gotten used to it, for better or worse. But what I have never gotten used to is the death. The constant closeness of death. It's become like a thick fog to me. I can't see life sometimes because of the fog of death constantly hanging over. People actually say that they will stop the blood running through the hearts of our children. That's what they said on the other end of that phone line. How they're going to kill my children. And what they'll do to you and how they'll do it. How many years have I had to listen to this? The filth, deranged and twisted and just ignorant enough to be serious."

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jimg2000
May 20, 2015

King: Who murdered Jimmie Lee Jackson? Every white lawman who abuses the law to terrorize. Every white politician who feeds on prejudice and hatred. Every white preacher who preaches the bible and stays silent before his white congregation. Who murdered Jimmie Lee Jackson? Every Negro man and woman who stands by without joining this fight as their brothers and sisters are brutalized, humiliated, and ripped from this Earth.

Johnson: There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.

Johnson: You’ve (MLK) got 1 big issue (Voting Rights)… I got 101.

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