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Pelham Picture House Offers Free Screenings Of 'Selma' To Students

The Picture House in Pelham
The Picture House in Pelham Photo Credit: Cinema Treasures

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Picture House in Pelham will be screening the Academy Award-nominated “Selma” this week until Thursday, and they will also offer local students the chance to see the film for free.

Thanks to Picture House board member and Con Edison executive John Banks, any student with a current ID will be admitted for free to any showing. Banks is also sponsoring screenings for area high schools, as groups from Pelham and Mount Vernon are set to see the film this week.

"Film has the power to lift history off the page and into the hearts and minds of our students. It’s important that we seize this opportunity to bring clarity to the achievements of the Civil Rights movement then, and what we have left to do now,” says Banks.

Ava DuVernay's film covers the three-month period in 1965 when Martin Luther King, Jr. (portrayed by David Oyelowo) led the campaign for equal voting rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, culminating in President Johnson (portrayed by Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“We are so grateful for John’s generosity which is allowing students across the region to see and discuss this film about a pivotal moment in American history,” said Laura deBuys, executive director and president of The Picture House. “Film, community, and conversation are central to our mission and Selma inspires important community conversations.”

The Picture House is at 175 Wolfs Lane in Pelham.

For more information, go online to , email or call 914-738-3161.

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