Paramount Pictures announced today that Ava Duvernay's powerful 2014 film Selma will be available for free on all U.S. digital platforms for the entirety of June.
Happy to share: Paramount Pictures is offering SELMA for free rental on all US digital platforms for June, starting… https://t.co/3X7U1I57PE— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1591372784.0
DuVernay announced the exciting news on Twtiter. The film follows Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) as he leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 in his campaign for equal rights. The march led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a huge victory for the civil rights movement.
The New York Times called it “… a reminder of progress made & promises unkept.” We call it essential viewing. Direc… https://t.co/koOyeQM9d7— AFI (@AFI)1591294175.0
Just a day prior, the American Film Institute honored Selma as their movie of the day as part of their AFI Movie Club.
True story. https://t.co/l7j8EUg3cC— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1591316390.0
The film has also been in the media recently after photos of the cast wearing "I Can't Breathe" shirts to honor the death of Eric Gardner at the hands of the police. Wearing these shirts to the 2014 Oscar's supposedly led to many Academy members to not vote for the film, which DuVernay confirmed in a tweet stating "True story." This could be the reason for the film winning no Academy Awards.
Selma is just one of the many movies, televisions shows, books and other texts that convey the black experience and black history in America that are so important to consume right now. For more movies to watch, click here and for more black female filmmakers to know, click here.