You already know the story of former Olympian James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens. He lived a life after the Olympics, but all anyone can remember is his fateful turn at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The film, however starts in the beginning, where Owens (Stephan James) leaves his parent’s cramped Cleveland home, for Columbus, Ohio and Thee Ohio State University. When Owens’ family left segregated, rural Alabama to resettle in the north; the thought was that the North was more tolerant, more accepting of migrant Blacks from the south. Compared to Alabama this was true, but Jesse still experienced resistance in school. Through it all, he managed to obliterate the competition on the way to the Olympic Games. If, they were to be held of course. Rumours about bigotry and internment of Jews in Europe began too big to ignore. Ironically the U.S. Olympic Committee threatened to boycott the games over the alleged anti semitism. Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons) of the American Olympic Committee was sent to Berlin to investigate the claims. Continue reading “Movie Review – Race”
Ava DuVernay’s Selma, is a poignant, relevant, dramatization of the struggles Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Movement. This would be an award worthy film in several categories in any other year. Due to the refocus of race relations in this country, within recent years; Selma (the film) is a timely reminder of Dr. King’s dream, how far we’ve come and how far we have to go until the dream is realized. A dramatization of events, that doesn’t come off as overbearing and pandering; Selma is the closest thing to a King biopic to hit the big screen. But it isn’t a biopic. DuVernay and screenwriter Paul Webb’s narrative touches on key moments in Alabama’s struggle for freedom. From terrorist attacks to impossible voter registration laws, to citizens being murdered in the streets; Selma would become the next front for the fight for civil rights.