Selma (film)

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German title Selma
Original title Selma
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2014
length 127 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 12
Director Ava DuVernay
script Paul Webb
production Christian Colson ,
Dede Gardner ,
Jeremy Kleiner ,
Oprah Winfrey
music Jason Moran
camera Bradford Young
cut Spencer Averick

Selma is an American historical drama from Ava DuVernay from the year 2014 . The film deals with one of the high points of the US civil rights movement , the Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965, which led to the unrestricted implementation of the right to vote for the black population in the US southern states in the Voting Rights Act . The film premiered on November 11, 2014 as part of the AFI Festival . The film was shown in German cinemas from February 19, 2015.

The film was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, including each for Best Picture. He was able to win the award for the best film song.


The film begins with the award of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize to Martin Luther King . Then the assassination attempt on 16th Street Baptist Church of the Baptist Congregation in Birmingham , Alabama on September 15, 1963, in which four black girls were killed, is shown.

Upon his return, King travels to the city of Selma , Alabama, accompanied by other senior SCLC officials . Here the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an organization of school and university students, fights for the registration of black voters, which is denied to many blacks in the southern states despite the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . In Selma, Sheriff Jim Clark fiercely fights those who stand up for this right. However, the SNCC representatives are divided on the question of support for King. There is a first demonstration in front of the courthouse, where voter registration takes place. After their violent dissolution, the young protester Jimmy Lee Jackson is shot dead by a police officer in a pub.

A first protest march from Selma to the capital of Alabama Montgomery , in which King does not take part, is violently beaten down by the local police immediately after leaving the city at the Edmund Pettus Bridge . Broadcasting on television will bring the demonstration to the attention of the general public. The second march, for which mainly church representatives, including many white people, arrive, also ends at the bridge. Although the security forces step aside, after praying a prayer, King decides to repent to avoid possible further bloodshed. In the evening the white pastor James Reeb is slain in the street.

Martin Luther King tries in vain to exert his influence on President Lyndon B. Johnson . When it is alleged that Martin Luther King was unfaithful to his wife, Coretta Scott King, he comes under private pressure. Due to the enormous media attention, the third march to Montgomery is escorted by the National Guard and the civil rights activists reach the capital. After further protests across the country, the president gives in and Congress passes the Voting Rights Act , which aims to guarantee equal rights for African Americans in US elections.


The film was developed and produced by Celador Films under the direction of Christian Colson ; Co-producers were Harpo Films , an Oprah Winfrey production company , Plan B Entertainment , a Brad Pitt production company , and Paramount Pictures .

Ava DuVernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe.

The theme music for Selma comes from John Legend and Common , who received a Golden Globe for the best original song and an Oscar for the best movie song.

Voice actor

The voice actors for the German version:



Choleda Jasdany at metropolitan-circus writes about this film:

“The lessons of director Ava DuVernay are of great value. The ingredients are right and good: a main character who is not made a saint, but who also has weaknesses. A movement in which there are real arguments about strategies. And last but not least, the violence of the images. "


A similarly positive rating comes from :

“Rousing historical drama about the significant protest march of Martin Luther King [...], but the great acting revelation is the main actor David Oyelowo . He conveys both the electrifying charisma and the gnawing self-doubt of the multi-faceted figure. "

- also praises the cast:

“A grandiose ensemble of Afro-American and Afro-British actors, in addition to Oyelowo and Ejogo also the always reliable Wendell Pierce as well as the discoveries André Holland, Colman Domingo, Stephan James, Keith Stanfield and the rapper Common, who is also involved in the title song, contribute significantly that SELMA is actually much more than an illustrated story. "


Awards and nominations

Academy Awards 2015

Golden Globe Awards 2015

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Selma . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , February 2015 (PDF; test number: 149 991 K).
  2. Age rating for Selma . Youth Media Commission .
  3. ^ The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on January 18, 2015 ; accessed on January 24, 2015 .
  4. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on January 28, 2015 ; accessed on January 24, 2015 .
  5. Selma. Retrieved July 10, 2015 .
  6. Retrieved January 24, 2015 .
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  8. Retrieved April 17, 2015 .