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America in 1965: Although the right to vote for African-Americans seems to be a big step in the fight against racial segregation, the reality in the racist South is quite different. This makes it almost impossible for black citizens to put their rights into practice. And no opportunity is missed to make them feel that they are only seen as second-class citizens. For the new Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo), these are unbearable conditions. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) doesn't want to deal with the problem to the necessary extent and plays for time, King wants to set a peaceful sign in the small town of Selma that shakes the whole nation awake. But although he expected violent resistance from the Sheriff, the judicial authorities and the State Police, he has no idea what far-reaching and tragic consequences the protest march in Selma will have…
It is hard to believe, but true: "Selma" is the first film in which Dr. Martin Luther King is the focus. So far no filmmaker had dared to write a biopic about this important civil rights activist. And his work and the message he wanted to convey in his non-violent struggle, even more than fifty years after his murder, are still of enormous importance and the problems he wants to tackle are still of frightening topicality. In view of the events in recent months that have shown that racism in the USA is far from being a thing of the past, Ava Duvernay's film is not only long overdue, but also extremely important.
It was a good decision that Duvernay did not stage a comprehensive biopic about King's life, but rather focused on a crucial event. So she can concentrate completely on explaining the social mood in the USA, the tense relationship between King and President Johnson or the difficulty of maintaining the non-violent protest and not letting it degenerate into a civil war. With these ingredients she can tell an extremely stirring, stirring and inspiring story that should reach as large an audience as possible. Because in a time in which prejudices, fear of the stranger or hatred of otherness seem to determine world events, the message of "Selma" is more important than ever.
Beyond that, Duvernay simply succeeded in making a good film. Leading actor David Oyelowo disappears almost completely behind the character of Dr. Martin Luther King, whose gestures and facial expressions he has ingeniously internalized. He even perfectly imitated his tone of voice, which only becomes clear in the original English version. But also the supporting actors, starting with Tom Wilkinson as US President Johnson over Oprah Winfrey up to Tim Roth, all of them deliver great performances. The technical aspects such as equipment, camera work and music also ensure an extremely harmonious overall picture, which is undoubtedly one of the major highlights of the 2015 cinema year. A great drama that challenges the viewer and asks him to take a closer look at the backgrounds. But there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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