For a period of time in January, New York City 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will be able to see Selma for free. African American business leaders in the city have teamed to create a fund that allows students to see the acclaimed film gratis if they present a student ID or a report card, Paramount announced. The opportunity will start Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. and run through Jan. 19.
“We are thankful for the generous support and leadership of the New York business community and Paramount Pictures in helping deliver ‘SELMA’ and Dr. King’s message to our future leaders,” President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherrilyn Ifill said in a statement. The list of New York theaters participating is available here. Selma is also being shown for free at the Walton Theater in the film’s namesake locale, Selma, Ala.
Ava DuVernay’s movie about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the marches that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been nominated for four Golden Globes. Its depiction of the relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson has also drawn fire recently. The Huffington Post reported that journalist Gay Talese, who covered the events in Selma for the New York Times, discussed the truthfulness of the film at a luncheon yesterday. “[DuVernay] got it,” he said. “I was there, I saw it. She wasn’t there, but she got it. When I was seeing the film, I was seeing what I remembered, truly remembered.”