Lonely Planet Writer

Alabama town prepares for free screenings of civil rights movie

Selma movie poster.
Selma movie poster. Image by Elvert Barnes / CC BY-SA 2.0

From 9 January until the end of the month, residents of Selma, Alabama, will be able to watch free screenings of the Golden Globe-nominated film which retells the story of the town’s role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The film is already stirring opinion as some locals see it as an opportunity for the town of 20,000 to attract attention and business and be remembered historically, whereas others fear the story, which recounts protests in the town led by Martin Luther King Jr, may be overblown and damaging. Selma will be shown at the Selma Walton Theater, which has been reopened especially for the screenings. Read more: reuters.com