'Selma for Students' Gifts DVD to High School Students

The movie “SELMA,” was a major hit when released in theaters. Now SELMA debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015.

In celebration Paramount Home Media Distribution announced that every high school in the U.S., both public and private, will receive a free of charge DVD copy of director Ava DuVernay’s inspirational and Academy Award-winning epic film.

Paramount Selma for Students Gifts DVD to High School Students

“Our ‘SELMA’ filmmaking journey has had manny 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 director Ava 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 Selma for Students Gifts DVD to High School Students
Paramount Selma for Students Gifts DVD to High School Students

In the below video, Director Ava DuVernay discusses the “Selma For Students” initiative, in which every high school in the U.S. will receive a copy of SELMA on DVD free of charge.

Ava DuVernay was recorded at a special screening of the award-winning film on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the United Nations in New York.

In addition, teachers can receive free companion study guides that go along with the remarkable historical events depicted in the film. Teachers who would like to receive a copy of the “SELMA” companion study guide can visit www.bazaned.com

Paramount Selma for Students Gifts DVD to High School Students

From Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films, “SELMA,” a Plan B, Cloud Eight Films, and Harpo Films production in association with Ingenious Media, 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.

“SELMA” won the Academy Award® and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

The film is produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Oprah Winfrey. The film is executive produced by Brad Pitt, Cameron McCracken, Diarmuid McKeown, Nik Bower, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes and Nan Morales. The film is written by Paul Webb. “SELMA” is directed by Ava DuVernay.

“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, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, 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.”

“SELMA” is available now on Digital HD and will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD May 5th, 2015.

For more information about #Selma4Students, visit www.Selma4Students.com

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