‘Selma’ depicts arduous journey of Martin Luther King Jr.

Frances Nicole Tabios, Reporter

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Directed by Ava DuVernay, “Selma” illustrates the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s journey as an activist. The film focuses on King’s 1965 battle for voting rights and ending oppression against African-Americans.

“Selma” follows the events of the Civil Rights era and the momentous march from Selma to Montgomery, organized by King.

The film features award-winning actors, including David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson and Oprah Winfrey.

The film depicts the realism and horrors of police brutality in the South during the ‘60s. It provides a riveting lesson teens and adults can contemplate. At the end of the film, viewers will appreciate the greater freedom they enjoy in today’s world.

The story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggles in achieving civil rights is inspiring. With “Selma,” DuVernay pulls off a tricky feat, a movie based on historical events that never feels dull or lifeless. It hangs together as a story and not just part of a lesson plan.

This thrilling drama is worth seeing for not only does it feature King’s difficult journey in working to end segregation but it also impresses viewers with King’s compassion, dignity and courage.

“Selma” is rated PG-13. It is recommended for teens and adults because of some violent scenes and objectionable language.