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Movie review: Selma

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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

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Am posting this to Common Sense Media too.

This historical retelling of a very important time in the Civil Rights movement is exceptional in every way - story, acting, pacing, etc.

There are a few portions that parents may wish to be aware of (spoiler warning, but it's historical so that's to be expected):

  • Within the first few moments a group of young girls are killed in an explosion.
  • The "n" word is used extensively, most often as a slur; other negative language is occasionally used.
  • There are a few scenes were people are badly beaten, one during a daytime march, the others at night; one person is shot during one of the confrontations.
  • During one scene MLK's wife Coretta confronts him about his infidelity and plays a recording of what is presumed to be him with another woman, with Coretta explaining that she knows what he sounds like.

This is a very important movie, for historical purposes, and is highly recommended for parents wishing to show their children what people of the time went through.

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Yes, the holocaust *is* still taught in German schools

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Not sure why I remembered this tonight, but some people in the USA believe that the holocaust is not taught in German schools out of misplaced political correctness. I don't remember who it was I was talking with, but it was being argued that children were no longer taught about it as it was too sensitive, too embarrassing of an issue, that it was being swept under the rug and was becoming a taboo topic not to be discussed.

Just like the tales of the earth being only 6,000 years old, this is completely false. Children are taught all about what happened during WW2 from the age of about 12, and most of them have field trips to visit concentration camps.

For more details, try the following:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/germans/germans/education....

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1a78qd/german_redditors_how_i...

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