Selma & The Civil Rights Movement From The Sixties

An awe-inspiring film that has a brilliant star cast and plenty of African-American history, in it.

The Academy Award winning bucket list this year did not contain the epic movie, “Selma” – for the most part, it was one of the biggest snubs in the history of fine cinema. The film is about the civil rights movement during the sixties and the hardships endured by black people in America. Selma is not about a politically correct film – it is about a film that showcases how far America as a nation has gone for the subject of civil rights.

African-Americans have had to “tolerate” injustices inflicted upon by the most disgusting and distorted ills of society, have had prejudices heaped upon them, that only progressed as leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., moved forward. They have made sacrifices, and although these leaders come with their own set of ‘difficulties’, there is no denying that they were all inspirational figures, with a hugely emotional and tragic fate.

The budget of the film has been low so the film fails to excite with the march in places, like it is supposed to. David Oyelowo is remarkable in the film – the movie is not a biography of Martin Luther King Jr., it is more about his role in the civil rights movement and the movement itself. You learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. from the point of his infamous “I have a dream” speech but you do not get to witness the horrific assassination attempt in Memphis in 1968, that eventually resulted in King’s death.

King was a man with that rare oratory skills that could command crowds but he was also an easily breakable, fragile human being. His role in the civil rights movement – charted to end discrimination and remove racial segregation from American society, has been interesting to learn of cinematically. The initiative was politically and financially led by labour unions and also because of contributions from politicians, such as Lyndon B. Johnson.

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