Only a month ago, a friend loaned me a DVD and said, “Great film, a must watch.” Her alacrity for the film thrilled me to the core. The DVD read; Lee Daniel’s The Butler. The name of the film got me thinking why my friend wanted me to know the life story of a butler. I went ahead and saw the film anyway. I still can’t thank her enough for having asked me to watch what she always calls ‘Great Film’. Great film indeed. But what caught my eye in the entire process of being confused as to watch the film or not and then finally watching it and the consequent exuberance, was the fact that British actor David Oyelowo is an actor to really watch out for. His performance in the film was mind bogglingly wonderful. And this made me eager to watch Selma, starring David Oyelowo as the protagonist. Little did I know then what these films had in store for me. Not only did I get the chance to treat myself to such wonderful pieces of cinematic excellence, but I got introduced to the life and struggle of a man with a vision
The Butler was a film about the civil rights movement in the United States of America, while Selma is based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the man who led the civil rights movement in the United States of America, the man with a vision.
Not only did he raise his voice for equal rights for the African-Americans of the United States of America but also kept fighting for the cause until his death. He is famous for his non-violent civil disobedience based on his Christian belief system. He received the Nobel Peace prize for his efforts in the African-American civil rights movement in 1964. This visionary has inspired nations for generations. His famous speech, titled ‘I have a dream’ is a window to the integrity of his dream and vision.