In South Africa their was a set of laws called the apartheid laws. These laws restricted the black Africans from living in the same conditions as the white Africans. Not only did they not get to live in the same conditions, but they did not even have the opportunities to achieve the same lifestyle. The black Africans wanted change, but were trying to make it happen in a less than productive way. The violence that was caused by these scenarios only made the whites more prone to adding more restrictions instead of just having blacks what the want. The man that helped make that change happen was Nelson Mandala. He invoked peace into the equation for change and the movement took a turn. Even though the government did not like his way of trying to provoke change they eventually came around. Mandala was arrested and put in prison for life, but only served 27 years because the government saw that they needed him because of all the violence that was happening. They released Mandala and he continued his fight in government. The way Mandala would talk made people believe that change is possible and that it can happen peacefully. Mandala recognized that the government was where the change had to come from and that there needed to be someone in government that wanted that change to occur. So, he went on TV and said that if people wanted change that they needed to vote because he ran for president. And won in a landslide. From that the apartheid laws where demolished and South Africa has become a much more peaceful place. This all because of the movement of Mandala.
Ava DuVernay is the director of the movie Selma. The purpose of this movie was to educated people on the Civil Rights movements and the events that happened in Selma in particular. She also wanted to highlight the works of Martin Luther King. All of these reason are great and I agree with all of them. But, her movie went under fire for the pretrial of President Lyndon B. Johnson because he was shown as someone who was not as open to helping Martin Luther King as some may have thought. If you do research of this topic there is no evidence the Johnson and King’s relationship was as hostile as portrayed in the movie. Now am I saying that there was not moments were it got heated. No, this time in history needed to be handled very delicately because of the high level of violence that could breakout at any moment. With that said I do not think that the pretrial of Lyndon B. Johnson is very accurate. The only reason I have a problem with this is because of the reason that Ava DeVernay made this movie, which was to educated people with the history of this period in history. If you are going to manipulate the aspects of the history then you are not accurately educating people. Which is completely defeating the purpose that she has said is the reason she made the movie. Her defense of this criticism is that parts of the movie are art. I love art, but I think that she could have put artist value in the movie and also kept the historical accuracy. Do you think feel the same why? If not, why?
The film Selma is the story of a period of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Civil Rights movement. Specifically the famous march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge through Selma to the Alabama state capital. This march and all the other events that happened in this film were to make a point that the restrictions put on blacks to gain access to vote were racist and unlawful. Through out the film you really got a look inside the life of MLK throughout the years of his movement. Whether it was being physically harmed/restricted or his wife being harassed he and his family went through a lot. Another thing you got a closer look at in the government officials behavior in this time period. George Wallace and Lyndon B. Johnson were the two that were the prominent representatives of this side of the Civil Right movement. George Wallace was undoubtedly racists, but tried has hardest to keep an open-minded look. LBJ, on the other hand, is one who was portrayed as being very stubborn when it came to the voting right law and the movement as a whole. This, to some viewer of the film, was not the truth and he did not have as big of a problem with it as portrayed in the film. The biggest thing you got a up close look at was the treatment of blacks in society. They were beaten and arrested for the smallest things. And even though there were laws in place that had given blacks the right to do the things that the were fighting for in this film the government officials were not being enforced. This allowing the racists that lived in these towns to take over, and treat people so unjustly. Coming from this was the leadership and guidance of MLK. The reason people followed him because the felt that he had the answers to get the justice the they all deserved. And he did. This film sums up the impact that MLK had and the reasons he has a legacy today all in one scenario of his total movement.