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Selma portrays a period of history when Martin Luther King Jr. led marches to demand rights for black people who were systematically prevented from registering to vote in the South. Coleman Domingo (from left) plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andre Holland plays Andrew Young and Stephan James plays John Lewis. Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Paramount Pictures hide caption

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The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

Ava DuVernay's new film dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history. She says she wanted to "elevate [Selma] from a page in your history book and really just get it ... into your DNA."

Selma portrays a period of history when Martin Luther King Jr. led marches to demand rights for black people who were systematically prevented from registering to vote in the South. Coleman Domingo (from left) plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andre Holland plays Andrew Young and Stephan James plays John Lewis. Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Paramount Pictures hide caption

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The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

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