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January 19, 2015
In its outline, Selma, the third feature from Los Angeles filmmaker Ava DuVernay, lends itself to myth in the unreserved way of historical dramas and big-ticket biopics. Here we have the story of Alabama’s historic 1965 civil rights march and the subsequent creation of the Voting Rights Act, with a significant focus on the march’s architect, Martin Luther King Jr., the only 20th-century figure to earn a national holiday in his honor.