Two words about Selma: MUST WATCH.
More words: It is simply damn good. Over the course of the film, Sunil and I were gripped, in tears, laughing, fearful, and incredibly moved. This is a history that many of us have studied to varying degrees, but Ava DuVernay has done a TREMENDOUS job in creating a film that everybody should see. Unlike many biopics, the film focuses not only on a particular moment in MLK's life, but also a particular moment in a movement's progress. And that is fantastic for the viewer. Movements are never just one person -- and this film elegantly shows how many leaders, from the ground up, with different tactics and priorities, it takes to move a nation forward on the most fundamental rights. An important lesson then and now. We particularly appreciated the exploration of MLK's doubts and vulnerabilities -- and the scenes with Coretta Scott King were powerful. I was thrilled at the number of Black women leaders included in the story -- given that so many stories of movements and leaders excise the numerous contributions of women. Everything from the cinematography to the music to the acting were absolutely top-notch. If you can, see the film in the theater, as the visual impact is deep. Last thought -- for anyone who doesn't understand why the current gutting of the Voting Rights Act is an absolute moral travesty, get your movie tickets right now. The scene in which the SCLC leaders try to strategize about what angle of the voting rights fight to tackle lays bare the utter corruption and lies of post-Reconstruction America and the failures of enforcement of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.