We view movies through the lens of our times; case in point, 'Selma'

January 28, 2015 2:06 PM

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It is impossible to see "Selma," Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated drama tracing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 1965 march to demand voting rights be accorded all citizens of this land, and not feel the weight of Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, and the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, felled by a policeman's bullets.

Impossible to watch the real footage DuVernay intercut - of police in riot gear in 1965 tear-gassing and bashing peaceful protesters - and not hear the echoes of clashes between protesters and police in Missouri and around the country in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict the officer in...

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