Scholars: ‘Selma’ Film Likely to Have Social Justice Impact

Selma director Ava DuVernay said, “You watch those images [in the Selma film] and you understand how it feels to be someone in [1965] being shocked about what they saw on TV because it just happened to you in August [2014].”

By Ronald Roach

In the days leading up to the Christmas Day limited release of the civil rights era film Selma, the filmmakers and lead actors saw fit to integrate messages from the Black Lives Matter protests and social media campaign into their promotion of the new movie last month.

That merger of film promotion and social protest proved particularly memorable Dec. 14, the day of the New York premiere when Selma cast members and director Ava DuVernay posed for photos while wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during a protest marking Eric Garner’s chokehold death by a New York City police officer. The photos taken that day left no doubt about the conviction the actors and filmmaker have that the racial oppression portrayed in Selma will resonate strongly with American audiences. Read full article here