On Thursday, January 29, 2015, I’mPOSSIBLE with Diane Abbott MP and Culture Kinetica hosted a special screening of ‘Selma‘ with a Q&A from director, Ava DuVernay at the House of Commons.
Ava spoke with us about her work, her vision, her process and her passion for making the movies she does. The audience was made up of film enthusiasts, celebs, fans, the curious and members of the political class. A few to name were Baroness Lawrence, Auma Obama (Barack Obama’s half-sister), legendary British actress, Dona Croll and the Floacist (Natalie Stewart), one half of Grammy award-winning group Floetry.
The Golden Globe award winning and Oscar nominated biopic; ‘Selma‘ is the epic story of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans. Led by Brit actor, David Oyelowo as King supported by Carmen Ejogo (Coretta King), starring Oprah Winfrey (who is also executive producer) and the esteemed, Tim Roth – this film tells the historic journey through refreshing eyes.
Ava urged us to support the film as our opportunities for people of colour to see themselves central to their own narratives on their terms, directed by a woman of colour would not come again if we didn’t financially support the film on opening weekend. A member of the audience further added that Vue cinema in Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) is the most important cinema to see any film as that’s where box office takings are counted for the UK. See the empassioned video below:
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Buy your tickets here for Selma.
Creating Her-Story in the heart of UK government for people of colour globally, was the moment when Ava DuVernay came to the House of Commons to talk about Selma. Salute to all the POSSIBLE women around the world.