Paramount Pictures has announced that will be offering free digital rentals of Selma for the rest of the month of June.
In a statement released earlier today, Paramount Pictures said that they hoped that the film will allow viewers to watch Selma as a a way “to examine our nation’s history and reflect on the ways that racial injustice has infected our society.”
Read Paramount’s complete statement below:
Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma tells the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history.
Beginning today, Paramount is making Selma available for free rental on digital platforms through the end of the month.
55 years after the historic marches from Selma, as we witness the expression of decades of collective pain, we should reflect on Dr. King’s words: “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
We hope this small gesture will encourage people throughout the country to examine our nation’s history and reflect on the ways that racial injustice has infected our society. The key message of Selma is the importance of equality, dignity and justice for all people. Clearly, that message is as vital today as it was in 1965.”
The announcement of the free rental came less than 24 hours after star David Oyelowo said in an interview that Oscar voters told the studio that they wounldn’t support the film after the cast wore T-shirts that said “I Can’t Breathe” to the Los Angeles premiere in protest of the killing of Eric Gardner.
Director Ava DuVernay retweeted Oyelowo’s tweet and confirmed it, saying simply “true story.”