I like Ava DuVernay’s work. While it moved a little slow, I enjoyed “I Will Follow.” I thought it brought a different perspective on the sorrow of a black family and I was happy to see the underused Salli Richardson-Whitfield in the film. I thought DuVernay’s short film “The Door,” featuring sharply dressed black actresses was cute. I am eagerly waiting for her second film “Middle of Nowhere” to be available online next year.
“Selma” is DuVernay’s third major film release.
“The film is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma_%28film%29
The movie is set to come out during the Christmas holiday. I have mixed emotions about it. I think it’s important to continue to make films about the Civil Rights Movement, the sadistic brutally used against black folks (who simply wanted their basic human rights) was just a mere 60 years ago. But I do wish we could get different stories about this same journey. Particularly, black female voices. Or just some black female stories on how they have resisted racist/sexist oppression. I’m still waiting on that Harriet Tubman movie, Russell Simmons. Oh, wait…
In any case, the trailer looks interesting and I will probably go see it.
A few days ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would’ve turned 85 years old. Today, our nation celebrates his birthday with service. I also wanted to honor Coretta Scott King. I can only imagine how hard it was for wives of murdered activists (Betty Shabazz, Myrlie Evers-Williams, etc.). These women had to shoulder the responsibility of their husbands work, as well as raise children on their own. I’m sure they were also under constant fear of someone killing them/their children. The sacrifices of the Civil Rights Movement can never be repaid…
Rest in peace Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King
I have not read “The Help.” I have not seen the movie. And I don’t plan to do either anytime soon. I could tell just from the trailer that the movie/book was garbage. A romanticized version of black maids in the south. Blah. I’m glad the white woman character was able to find her voice/come into her own off the backs of black women. Double blah. Also, a black maid can shit in a white woman’s pie for revenge (trust me I’m not ruining anything for you) and not have anything happen to her. Come on. Emmett Till was tortured/murdered just for whistling at a white woman.
I laughed my azz off at the whole premise of the book/film and The Association of Black Women Historians did so as well. It’s not surprising in our “post-racial” society, there has been a white washing of slavery/the Civil Rights Movement and white folks weird obsession with “reverse racism.” It’s not surprising a book/film like “The Help” would be popular in this kind of climate.
So, I wasn’t shocked to read that The National Council of Teachers of History and The National Council of Teachers of English are pushing teachers to use “The Help” as a way to teach students about the Civil Rights Movement. HA HA HA HA HA! Really? The irony about all this, is that books by black authors that deal with racism/oppression, are being banned in schools. I guess white authors are the ones that have the “real” insight into the lives of black folks. Triple blah.
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Some folks think Civil Rights Movement movies are passé. Personally, I don’t think these stories get told enough. And with the recent attack on the Voting Right Act (a hard-won battle of the CRM), are we really that far removed from those oppressive times? In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement, Hallmark Channel will present “The Watsons Go To Birmingham,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere on Friday, September 20 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Since it’s the Hallmark channel, expect the movie to be a bit sensitized. But it’s still an important watch, none the less…