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Film Review: Selma – Newcastle Student Radio

February 20, 2015 Entertainment Editor

Film Review: Selma

On Tuesday 10th February 2015, viagra 100mg I went to see Selma; the movie depicting the black civil rights marches from Selma, stomach Alabama to Montgomery, led by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1965. This is how the film made me feel.

Angry. I felt angry that people could be so ignorant to believe that anybody is less deserving of basic human rights based on something as trivial as skin colour.

Sad. I felt sad that the black community had to go through and are still experiencing to some extent such pain and injustice at the hands of other human beings.

Lucky. I felt lucky that I was born into an environment where race doesn’t rule whether someone’s allowed to vote or sit on a bus. Lucky that the mind-set and morals I have developed do not allow me the capacity to consider that someone’s race should determine their humanity or rights.

Hurt. I felt hurt in my heart as I watched black marchers walk toward a wall of white supremacists, stand their ground and remain peaceful, all along fully aware of the hell that was about to rain down on them.

Compassion. I felt compassion towards the people who worked together peacefully in the fight against discrimination and the right to vote.

Three scenes into the film and your heart will beat faster, a lump will form in your throat, and all of these feelings will start seeping into your body as you sit, transfixed with what is unfolding before your eyes. You will see things that will stay with you forever; actions that will remind you of the overbearing power of blind ideology.

Film has the power to move people and communicate messages through storytelling which is exactly what the makers of Selma execute seamlessly. The crew managed to portray the sheer violence that occurred and shoot the film in a shocking but stunning style. The film has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year, though it’s also the first year that no black actors or actresses have been Oscar nominated for their role in a film since 1998, despite striking performances from the cast, including David Oyelowo as King, Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper, a civil rights hero, and Carmen Ejogo as King’s wife.

Selma depicts the events leading up to the Voting Rights Act on its 50 year anniversary but the film seems to have come at a particularly relevant time. Though great progress has been made and the United States of America have seen their first black president appointed in the last decade, the violence of the white authorities toward the black population in Selma rings all too familiar with the police brutality towards young black males happening right now in America.

If there’s one film that’s going to make you feel human it’s Selma, so if you see only one movie at the cinema this month, make it this one.

Amanda Graham

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