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History students attend special screening of ‘Selma’

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A hundred History AS level students went to a special showing of the film ‘Selma’ at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge this week. The film focuses on the Selma Campaign of 1965 – a protest led by Martin Luther King and intended to increase voting rights for black Americans.

The film showing was arranged to support AS History students’ study of the American civil rights campaigns of the 1960s, and many students said that it had given them a greater understanding of the campaigns, and the context in which they happened. Shayne Hider says: ‘The film widened my knowledge of the Selma campaign, and helped me to understand how it linked to other protests we had studied.’ Will Rolph adds: ‘I found the film extremely emotional. It was hard to watch the protestors being treated so badly.’

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