High Schools to Receive Free Copy of 'Selma' DVD24 Apr, 2015 By: Angelique Flores
Paramount Home Media Distribution is giving every high school in the United States a free DVD copy of Selma.
Additionally, teachers can receive free companion study guides to delve deeper into the historical events depicted in the film about Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965. Teachers interested in receiving the study guide can visit bazaned.com.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, and starring David Oyelowo, the Academy Award-winning movie won for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common and John Legend. It was also nominated for Best Picture. The film drew $52 million at the domestic box office.
“Our Selma filmmaking journey has had many highlights, but to me, the response from students and educators has been the most magnificent part of the experience. To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” DuVernay said. “I applaud Paramount on this extraordinary effort, and salute the teachers who will provide classes and context on the work of Dr. King and his comrades to the young minds of our nation.”
Selma is available on Digital HD and will be available as a Blu-ray combo pack ($39.99) and DVD ($29.99) May 5.
This campaign is part of Paramount’s successful “Selma for Students” initiative that was launched during the film’s theatrical run. The promotion applies to public as well as private high schools.
“The response from students and teachers to our ‘Selma for Students’ initiative was overwhelmingly positive, and we are delighted to be extending the campaign,” said Megan Colligan, president of worldwide distribution and marketing for Paramount Pictures. “During the film’s theatrical run more than 300,000 young people were able to see the film for free. By providing DVDs to all of the high schools in the country, we hope to reach all 18 million high school students with the film’s powerful and inspiring story. With many of these students preparing to vote for the first time in next year’s elections, it is especially fitting that they witness the bravery and fortitude of those who fought to establish the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”