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Farmington Cinematheque presents ‘Selma’ at San Juan College

Series opens Feb. 21 at the Connie Gotsch Theatre
David Oyelowo, center, as Martin Luther King Jr. and Carmen Ejogo, right, as Coretta Scott King, star in the film “Selma.” (Courtesy photo)

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Selma, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Connie Gotsch Theatre on the San Juan College campus.

The movie illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights and the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

“Selma” premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on Nov. 11, 2014, began a limited U.S. release on Dec. 25, and expanded into wide theatrical release on Jan. 9, 2015, two months before the 50th anniversary of the march. The film was rereleased on March 20, 2015, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march.

The film was nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards. It also received four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture for a Drama, Best Director and Best Actor, and it won for Best Original Song, as noted in Wikipedia. This film is rated PG-13.

Director Ava DuVernay was first Black woman to win the award for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival, for “Middle of Nowhere.” (Courtesy photo)

For her work on Selma, DuVernay became the first African American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and the Academy Award for Best Picture.

DuVernay’s other film credits include the Academy Award-nominated Netflix documentary, “13th” (2016) and the Disney fantasy film, “A Wrinkle in Time” (2018), which made her the first African American woman to direct a film with a budget of $100 million.

The Farmington Cinematheque Series is co-sponsored by the San Juan College Public Events and the San Juan College Library. The series features documentaries and independent films that may not have been released on a national level.

Tickets are $5, and are available at the San Juan College Box Office. For information, call (505) 566-3430.