SELMA is a US drama based on the marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960s involving Martin Luther King Jr.
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Monday, 15 December 2014
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Pathe Productions LTD
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Friday, 6 February 2015
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127m 39s
Ava DuVernay
David Oyelowo,Carmen Ejogo,Tom Wilkinson,Alessandro Nivola,Giovanni Ribisi,Tim Roth
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moderate violence, racist language, infrequent strong language
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<p>SELMA is a US drama based on the true story of Martin Luther King and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches.</p><dl><dt>Violence</dt><dd><p>There are several scenes of moderate violence. These do not dwell on detail of violence, although there is some sight of blood and injuries after the event. For example, in one lengthy scene protestors clash with police, who use batons, whips and tear gas; after the clash, several people are shown with blood on their faces. In another scene, two protestors are beaten, with sight of blood flying from one man's mouth as he is kicked. Another man is shot, although there is no sight of the bullet impact, only a focus on his face as he dies.</p></dd><dt>Discrimination</dt><dd><p>Frequent use of racist terms, such as 'nigger' and 'negro', as well as discriminatory behaviour. Although racism is a major theme of the film, the film clearly condemns such attitudes and behaviour.</p></dd><dt>Language</dt><dd><p>Infrequent use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as various uses of milder terms, including 'son of a bitch', 'shit' and 'bastard'.</p></dd></dl><p>There is also a scene in which an audio recording of people moaning in a sexual way is played, but no sex is shown.</p>

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015
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