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.
Heide Fehrenbach is Board of Trustees Professor in the History Department at Northern Illinois University. Her first book, published 20 years ago, was the award-winning Cinema in Democratizing Germany (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995).
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
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the AHA. See also our past movie posts, including AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman’s article, “Historians and The Conspirator: Using