Transcript for Oprah, Ava Duvernay Talk New Movie 'Selma'
What he's saying about his role in into the woods and working with Meryl Streep. Right now, Selma. Telling the story of martin Luther king Jr. It was brought to the screen by Oprah Winfrey and director ava duvernay. They talked about the experience with robin. He's got supporters. Large scale arrests and sympathy marchers. I know that. I know he's non-violent. What I need to know right now, what's martin Luther king about to do next? Ava duvernay is a director and executive producer of Selma about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches led by Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. For african-american voting rights. We will not wait any longer. Give us the vote. That's right. No more. We're not asking, we're demanding. Give us the vote. Give us the vote. It's the first feature film to center around Dr. King and has already earned four golden globe nominations including one for best director. Everyone wants to put the emphasis on the first black woman director to get this nomination. And you are very quick to point to others who paved the way. It's bittersweet. Lovely for me and my mother is very happy. But I'm not the first black woman deserving of this. There have been women of color making beautiful things for a long time. It's the first time a film centered around Dr. King. But it was a band of brothers. It was. It was called "Selma," not king for a reason. It was about a community that came together. It speaks to the cultural movement we're in, a people-led movement as opposed to a person-led movement. It shines the spotlight on the women of the movement, including correct that Scott king and the struggles she faced. How are they going to kill my children? What they'll do to you and how they'll do it. How many years have I had to listen to this? The filth, deranged and twisted. And just ignorant enough to be serious. We heard from the women from that era, the wives, the mothers, the sisters. Who so delicately address Dr. King's infidelity through Coretta Scott king, through that perspective. My approach to the infidelities, or those reports, is to do it in the context of the marriage. What is she thinking? How does he face her? She is joined by fellow producer Oprah Winfrey who co-stars adds activist Annie lee cooper. Knock it off. Oprah, you have worked with many directors. What is it about here that stood out with you? I think the thing that ava has is the quality that everybody looks for in their friends. You hope that you can get it in a boss, in other relationships. She is a great vallhave Aly day or. Everybody is looking to know that they matter. What she is able to do is make every person, regardless of if they're the star, David oyelowo, or whether you're an extra who's never been on a movie set before, feel like you are special. That you are valued. And that your being here really matters to this film. Okay, now rise behind him. You got to look for him. A funny story. We're out with the extras and doing the scene with the Ra racists. And they're lovely people. White people who have come, dressed in the period stuff. And a woman comes up to ava, now, do you want me to say the n-word or do you want me to say the actual word? I said, no, ma'am, I want you to say the n-word. So when she comes at me, do I say n-word, or do I just say the real word? No, ma'am, the real n-word. Oh, you want me to say the word. The real word. You need to do it. Yes. But they weren't comfortable because that's not where they were at that time. And it was just important to make them understand we need you to do this to tell the story. We are three in essence southernwomen. I was born in Alabama, raised in Mississippi. You, Mississippi roots, teenager in Alabama. Did you bring that perspective to it also? The fact that your father was raised in Alabama? The man I love the most in the world, who made me who I am is from that place. I felt like that was my entry point. I know Alabama. I heard you say that your hope is this will help in the conversation that we're having as a nation about race. Yes. It is just jaw-dropping it's coming out in this time. So robust with the energy of change. Nothing we could have predicted or asked for. There's a beauty and symmetry. I hope this film adds to the energy. And the conversation. Join us, join our March against injustice and inhumanity. We need you to stand with us. "Selma" opens in select cities tomorrow, everywhere January 9th.
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