Ava DuVernay’s Selma streaming for free this month
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Paramount Pictures has officially announced that director Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed historical drama Selma is now available to rent for free throughout the whole month of June on all digital platforms in the U.S. The studio hopes that this could help people remember and reflect on the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s courageous and inspiring fight against America’s racial injustices that has been plaguing the country since its inception. In addition, DuVernay also took to Twitter to share the news which you can check out below. Click here to rent Selma for free.
“We hope this small gesture will encourage people throughout the country to examine our nation’s history and reflect on the ways that racial injustice has infected our society. The key message of Selma is the importance of equality, dignity and justice for all people. Clearly, that message is as vital today as it was in 1965.” Paramount Pictures said in statement posted through their YouTube channel.
Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
The film had a star-studded cast that included David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Stephan James, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Lakeith Stanfield, Alessandro Nivola, Wendell Pierce Giovanni Ribisi, and Lorraine Toussaint. It also featured Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Colman Domingo, Niecy Nash, Nigel Thatch, Jeremy Strong and more.
Selma was directed and executive produced by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay from a script written by Paul Webb. It was produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey and was executive produced by Brad Pitt, Cameron McCracken, Diarmuid McKeown, Nik Bower, Paul Garnes and Nan Morales.
Since its theatrical release in 2014, the film had received critical-acclaimed and had earned a number of recognition from award-giving bodies including 2 Oscar nominations and 4 Golden Globe Nominations for categories in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. It also took home the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common and John Legend.