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Contest: <i>Selma</i> advance screening


Advance screening: Tuesday, January 6th, 7:30 PM, Ritz Five

We’re giving away a bunch of pairs of passes to see Selma at the Ritz Five before it comes out in theaters. To enter, send us an email with your full name and address and tell us which is your favorite film about the Civil Rights movement. Winners will be chosen at random, only one entry per household please.

In spring of 1965, a series of dramatic events changed the course of America and the modern concept of civil rights forever — as courageous marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attempted three times to carry out a peaceful procession from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on a quest for the basic human right to vote. The shocking confrontations, the triumphant final march and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that followed are now an indelible part of history.

Ava DuVernay’s Selma, brings the power of all that went into creating that hard-won moment of long awaited justice to cinema with an uncompromising immediacy. The film chronicles a string of astonishing historical details, large and small — including the intense, adversarial relationship between Dr. King and President Lyndon Johnson, the troubling involvement of the FBI and the unbreakable spirit of ordinary men and women who sacrificed and united around voting rights. But what emerged from these stark details is a vivid tapestry of an American turning point in the making and the stirring journey of a man finding his way through doubts and daunting obstacles towards not just leadership but the togetherness required to make real change in the world.


About Author

Ryan Silberstein

Ryan is the co-founder of Filmhash, and has been writing thoughtful film reviews and pop culture commentary on and off for nine years. He spends his days at a company named one of the best to work for in the Philadelphia area. His other interests include comics, exotic coffees, experimental beer, discovering new music, and books.

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