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What I Caught On TV: SELMA, Martin Luther King’s Biopic

Ever since I heard that a powerful film was being made about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, I’ve been eagerly anticipating its release. I was even more eager when I heard a Nigerian David Oyelowo was playing the role of Dr. King.

Now, I’m glad I’d finally get a chance to see it soon as I hear it has been released in cinemas.

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. campaigned for equal voting rights, culminating in marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, which ultimately led to President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now, the story of the civil rights marches that changed America is being told in a powerful new film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, starring David Oyelowo as Dr. King.

As a movie director and actress, I am very much aware of the how an audio-visual production with a deep message such as this can inspire change. This is one of the reasons why I focused so much energy on my movie ‘DRY’ which highlights the challenges faced by child brides and the devastating effects of Vesico Vaginal Fistula. DRY would also soon be premiered in Nigeria 🙂

Selma a story of how one dream can change the world and I can’t wait to see it.

Here’s the trailer:

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    jay
    January 11, 2015 at 3:25 am

    For real its nice

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    Racheal Laye Edward
    January 11, 2015 at 6:05 am

    From the Trailer, SELMA seem Nice.

    Looking Forward to Watching DRY

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    Robert Ngwu
    January 14, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I saw the movie ‘Selma’ on January 11th in a Theater at St. Paul Minnesota. I observed the following:

    1. The Casting Director did an amazing job
    2. The movie was inspiring
    3. Oyewolo did an excellent job as he clearly captured the soul and spirit of Matin Luther King
    4. The movie was long but you will not notice until you looked at your watch during Credit when it’s over
    5. Rev. King was humanized in such a way where people can relate to him as a normal person capable of normal mistakes
    6. Carmen Ejogu’s portrayal of Coreta Scott King was a class act (her father ironically is also Nigerian, which I guess made her a Nigerian too…right)

    I’ll definitely give this one a 5-Star Rating and a must watch.

    After the movie, I read up on Oyowolo. I was a little disappointed he never associated or regarded himself as Nigerian. He’s simply mentioned as born to a Nigerian parents.

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