Part of the series The Contenders 2014

Selma with Ava DuVernay

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Towering figures stand on the shoulders of many, and in Ava DuVernay’s remarkable second feature we witness a moment in history where one man’s greatness was lifted up by the courage and sacrifice of a community and ultimately, a country.  Though he is a pivotal figure in the history of The United States, there have been relatively few cinematic explorations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work. David Oyelowo’s breathtaking incarnation of Dr. King is a revelation, and no narrative film has so richly succeeded in illuminating the critical network of colleagues, activists, and admirers that enabled his successes.  Highlighting the intimacies and heartbreaks of his marriage to Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo) and the covert war waged by the US Government against the civil rights leader, “Selma” joins a short list of essential films exploring American history. 

A Q&A with director Ava DuVernay, actor Carmen Ejogo, and producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner follows the screening.


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The Contenders

Selected from major studio releases and top film festivals by curators in MoMA's Department of Film, selections shown in The Contenders represent the best of mainstream movies, independents, foreign-language films, documentaries, and art-house sensations. Now in its seventh year, the series highlights films that are contenders for lasting historical significance.

This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by Tiffany & Co. and The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.