Director: Ava DuVernay Run Time: 127 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2014
Starring: Carmen Ejogo, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson
Country: United Kingdom, France, United States
About the film:
Nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.
This is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma (2014) tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
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About the filmmaker:
Ava Marie DuVernay is an award-winning, history-making American filmmaker. After making her directorial debut with I Will Follow (2010), she won the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere (2012), becoming the first black woman to win the award. With Selma (2014), she became the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Picture. Her other film credits include the Academy Award-nominated Netflix documentary 13th (2016) and the Disney fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time (2018), the latter making her the first African-American woman to direct a film with a budget of $100 million. Her television credits include the Netflix series When They See Us (2019), which was nominated for 16 Emmy awards, making her and Beyoncé the first African American women in Primetime Emmy history to receive multiple nominations in their careers for directing.
In 2010, she started her own film distribution company called African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) but rebranded the company in 2015 under the name ARRAY to focus on racial and gender inclusion in filmmaking.See our upcoming films