Directed by Ava DuVernay, “Selma” was released in theaters in December. The film focuses on civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for freedom during the 1960s. He was later assassinated. The film is rated PG-13, and is “a movie you don’t want to miss,” according to local reviews.
- The Rosa Parks Story
Rated PG-13, “The Rosa Parks Story” is a made-for-TV documentary focusing on the life of civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who became well known after refusing to give up her seat to a white man. Parks was arrested, which lead to bus boycotts and activists imploring people to stop financially supporting a system that wouldn’t give them equal rights.
- The Help
Directed by Tate Taylor, “The Help” focuses on three young African-American maids who worked for white families in Mississippi during the 1960s. Based on the book written by Kathryn Stockett, “The Help” follows an aspiring writer, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (played by Emma Stone), who wants to expose the treatment that black maids (played by Academy Award winners Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) endured to keep a job.
- Remember the Titans
Directed by Boaz Yakin and based on a true story, “Remember the Titans” focuses on the year 1971 when school officials were forced to integrate an all-white football team.
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Mandela” is based on the autobiographical book “Long Walk to Freedom,” in which the former South African president talks about his childhood, time in prison and rebuilding the country.
- The Butler
Directed by Lee Daniels, “The Butler” was inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, who worked as a White House butler for 34 years. The film focuses on the obstacles he faced while holding the position.