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2015-02-11 08:20

What's it about:

This is the story of a movement. It 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 signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965—one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

The real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

What we thought:

Let me start off this review by saying Selma was robbed from its Oscar glory this year. The film deserves much more than the two nominations it received.

I know what you’re thinking. A political true life drama with a hard-hitting theme can’t be easy to watch – and it isn’t. But this is probably one of the most important movies to hit the big screen this year.

The film is a chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

This event changed history and set in motion a series of events that would bring us to where we are today.

It made me feel shame for what happened, but also gave me hope for the future. I wish I could buy tickets for everyone to go see it. It’s beautifully put together, with powerful performances and heart wrenching emotional scenes.

It tells the story of Selma with so much sensitivity, respect and love that you can’t help but get completely involved in the drama that unfolds.

I’m ashamed at the fact that I knew so little about what happened in Selma and how bad things were back then. I guess I’ve been living in my own little bubble which finally burst as I sat in the cinema.

I walked out afterwards feeling like I had just witnessed something very important and that the responsibility is now with me to go out and share that message.

Make time in your life for this film, it deserves your attention. It’s a movie you simply can’t afford not to watch.

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Julian 2015-02-07 08:44 PM
No thank you. I have had enough blackness shoved down my throat to last me a life time. Will certainly not be wasting my time on another peace of politically correct garbage. Not even Americans were interested in this film except perhasp the stupid liberals.
Dawie Barnard 2015-02-07 09:32 PM
And for amoment there, looking at the title, I thought you were talking about Shaun the Sheep. Must agree with Herman, why does "blackness" need to be shoved down your throat the whole time? Truly great achievements stand by themselves, they don't have to be shoved in your chops the whole time. Anyway, off to have a bag of laughs watching Shaun and his mates then.
Bob 2015-02-07 10:02 PM
Had enough of that crap to last me ten life times. I'm so over feeling sorry for any of them.
Bob 2015-02-07 10:02 PM
Had enough of that crap to last me ten life times. I'm so over feeling sorry for any of them.
1 shade darker than black 2015-02-07 10:52 PM
Nog n mielie pap vreter se sad storie.... Skip!
Larry 2015-02-08 12:43 AM
cant believe the comments. At least see the movie or study the history before leaping into print. Martin Luther King was an amazing man as valuable as Gandhi
Larry 2015-02-08 12:43 AM
cant believe the comments. At least see the movie or study the history before leaping into print. Martin Luther King was an amazing man as valuable as Gandhi
Shanna Abrahams 2015-02-08 01:02 AM
No thank you, I am heartily sick of all these political correctness being shoved down our throats. Oscar-wise got what it deserved. Let's rather look for quality movies.
Larrydoesn'tknow 2015-02-08 06:06 AM
Larry boy, if you so into your history go read Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliah and get the full picture. You will then see the point of the comments.
Eve 2015-02-08 07:35 AM
Great movie, just watched a must for everyone,
Paul 2015-02-08 08:24 AM
How revolting ! not another one of these rubbish movies - scum of the earth lot
YouCantStandTheTruth 2015-02-08 09:43 AM
Of course, the film doesn't mention the saintly King's liking for hookers the night before a big speech or rally. Especially white ones... and how he'd occasionally beat them.
Siesa 2015-02-08 02:29 PM
Die mense se lelike on deurdinkte comments maak my naar. Julle behoort julle te skaam. Kyk die movie miskien leer julle iets.
Intheknow 2015-02-08 03:09 PM
This pathetic attempt at a movie wasn't even factually correct. Got what it deserved at the box office.
Nonhle 2015-02-08 08:32 PM
A great watch! History is not here to shame or attack anybody. It exists to teach invaluable lessons to mankind. It contains facts, so we shouldn't make movies about it? Definitely not. So everyone should watch really. People should not take it personally :)
american black female 2015-02-10 04:25 AM
didn't know it was so many racist in SA

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