The U.S. Embassy Hosts Exclusive Advance Selma Screening

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter and the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Kim Dubois spoke to the guests after the screening.

On March 11, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo organized an advance screening of the historical drama Selma for 195 specially invited guests. Set during the height of the American Civil Rights movement in 1965, Selma depicts the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery to secure voting rights for black people. The movie informed the audience about a defining episode in the life of the legendary civil rights campaigner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The film starts in Oslo, as Dr. King receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

The event took place at Filmens Hus. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter introduced the film and spoke briefly about the historic context for the Selma to Montgomery marches, and she also answered questions after the film.

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Chargé d’affaires Julie Furuta-Toy welcomed the guests.

Selma was directed by U.S. filmmaker Ava DuVernay and was nominated for two Academy Awards in the categories of “Best Motion Picture of the Year” and “Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures” for the original song “Glory.” Selma won an Oscar in the latter category and the prize was bestowed on John Legend and rapper Common at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015.

The exclusive preview was made possible by the generous support of the film’s distributor, Walt Disney Company, Nordic.

Read Chargé d’Affaires Julie Furuta-Toy’s op-ed at NRK Ytring about the continued fight for civil rights here (note: in Norwegian only).