Why Watch That First Look: Selma
Why Watch That
The Critic and the Referee attended an advanced screening of Selma, Ava DuVernay’s Golden Globes nominated film, which is set for limited release on Christmas Day 2014 and stars David Oyelowo, Tim Roth & Cuba Gooding, Jr. This episode features the Critic’s and the Referee’s instant reactions afterward.
While 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. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward during an epic march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. Their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.