This post is one of a series written for AHA Today by historians and filmmakers on the historical value of the film Selma. The author, Leslie M. Harris, is associate professor of history and African American studies at Emory University.
This is the third in a series of AHA Today posts by historians and filmmakers discussing the historical importance of the film Selma.
The author of this post is Julian E. Zelizer,
This is the second of a series of posts on AHA Today that will discuss the film Selma. The author, Sam Pollard, is an accomplished feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost thirty years. He has received numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards, as well as collaborated a number of times with Spike Lee. Mr. Pollard recently completed as Producer/Director a 90-minute documentary titled August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand for the PBS series American Masters.
This is the first in a series of posts on AHA Today that will discuss the film Selma. Author Kent Germany is associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina and non-resident research fellow with the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He is the author of New Orleans After the Promises and editor of four volumes on the Lyndon Johnson recordings, including a digital edition on LBJ and civil rights.
What happens when historians go to the movies? Like everyone else, we kick back and enjoy two hours immersed in a story. However, there are certain tendencies that are difficult to turn off
“Being in the funeral business . . . You hear things that you should never acknowledge. You hold history in your hands. You watch history buried. And you realize that people depend on you to keep their true history alive. So when it’s your own story, you don’t want to hear it. Especially when you’re young. Especially when you’re trying to run away from what you are told is your family legacy.”—Isaac in Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Being Wright”
Newspapers and magazines in the US and the UK have been publishing a steady stream of glowing reviews of Columbia professor Simon Schama’s book and documentary The Story of the Jews, which aired on PBS in March and April, and which will be released on DVD in May.