Popcorn Ratings: 5 stars
Genre: Politics / Black History / USA
I have always been fascinated with the black struggle for equality. To me it is one of the greatest landmark in calling ourselves human. As great as man’s landing on moon.
So I was keen on all things black. Be it #BlackLivesMatter or #OscarsSoWhite. Then when Selma came along it was a must watch.
The performance of the lead character David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. is phenomenal. The struggle, decisions, protest march and the subsequent consequences.
And to think of it that the producers had to do it, without those magical words. The producers could not manage to get the copyright of the famous ‘I have a dream’ quote from the King’s family.
Selma stands out as a movie about a movement. It is all about one incident (actually three) – The march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. And what a powerful statement that march is. IT is about human dignity. About civil rights. About counting every person as important. And who show is better than MLK Jr.
Along with Spielberg’s Lincoln and McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, this movie sure has stirred the #BlackLivesMatter debate. It also reminds us that despite the huge technology advances we still have monkey chants and racial discrimination from football stadiums to New York streets.
MLK’s speech ‘I have a dream’ is the most quoted line from a speech
Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel peace prize
MLK visited India in 1959 and was inspired by the Gandhi-nian philosophy.