Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a necessary film, even an essential one, with more than its share of memorable performances and vivid, compelling sequences," this gripping 2014 film depicts the months leading up to the historic marches from Selma to Birmingham, the events of "Bloody Sunday," and how the marches spurred LBJ to introduce the Voting Rights Act to Congress. While the film centers around Martin Luther King Jr. (powerfully portrayed by David Oyelowo), it functions more as an ensemble piece, incorporating such key figures as John Lewis, Bayard Rustin, Diane Nash, Reverend Hosea Williams, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Fred Gray, Andrew Young, and King’s wife, Coretta. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Also stars Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Oprah Winfrey (who also was a producer). Rated PG.
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