O Cinema South Beach Wed, Jun 19 7:00 PM


SELMA is a powerful historical drama that chronicles the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. Set against the backdrop of the turbulent civil rights movement, the film highlights the strategic planning and grassroots organizing that went into these pivotal marches. Director Ava DuVernay's vision brings a sense of urgency and authenticity to the story, capturing the intense emotions and high stakes of the struggle for equal voting rights.


DuVernay's meticulous attention to detail and her ability to evoke strong performances from her cast are evident throughout the film. David Oyelowo's portrayal of Dr. King is both commanding and nuanced, showcasing the personal and public challenges he faced. DuVernay's direction ensures that the supporting characters, including Coretta Scott King (played by Carmen Ejogo) and other key activists, are given depth and significance, highlighting their essential contributions to the movement. The film's powerful scenes, such as the brutal attacks on peaceful marchers by law enforcement, are shot with a raw intensity that emphasizes the violence and injustice faced by the protestors.


One of the most remarkable aspects of DuVernay's direction in SELMA is her ability to blend historical accuracy with compelling storytelling. She employs a dynamic visual style, using a mix of wide shots to capture the scale of the marches and close-ups to convey the personal stakes involved. DuVernay's use of music, including the Oscar-winning song "Glory" by John Legend and Common, enhances the emotional impact of the film. Through her direction, DuVernay not only tells the story of a critical moment in American history but also underscores the ongoing relevance of the fight for civil rights.