Selma, Ava DuVernay's film about the 1965 civil rights protests led by Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) in Selma, will screen for free in the Alabama city that gave the film its title. Paramount Studios announced on Thursday that the film will be shown for free to the town’s citizens at the Selma Walton Theater beginning January 9.
“With deep gratitude to the people of Selma, Alabama, we are proud to share this powerful film depicting the historic events that took place there 50 years ago,” said Oprah Winfrey on behalf of the film’s producers. Winfrey also has a role in the movie as a worker who joins the civil rights protests. “I hope generations will watch the film and share their stories of remembrance and history together.”
“The city and people of Selma welcomed the production with open arms this past summer and in celebration of the film’s national release on January 9, we are incredibly excited and very humbled to be bringing Ava’s finished film to the community,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures.
Selma is a leading Oscar contender this season, and is nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Picture.
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