That “Selma” reign just won’t let up! In celebration of the DVD release of Ava DuVernay’s inspirational and Academy Award-winning epic film “Selma,” Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that every high school in the U.S., both public and private, will receive a copy of the DVD free of charge!
In addition, teachers can receive free companion study guides to help further illuminate the remarkable historical events depicted in the film.
“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,” said DuVernay. “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.”
“Paramount’s extraordinary gesture of giving a free DVD of ‘Selma’ to every high school in America far exceeds every dream I personally ever had for our film. We made a film about the power of solidarity, selflessness, courage, love and peaceful protest. To know that young people across the nation will see those qualities on display in ‘Selma’ as they are growing into the leaders of tomorrow makes me both proud and hopeful,” said David Oyelowo, the man who played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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,” Megan Colligan, president, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, Paramount Pictures.
Teachers who would like to receive a copy of the “SELMA” companion study guide can visit http://bazaned.com.