Paramount Home Media Distribution will provide a copy of Selma to every high school in the United States, free of charge.
During the film’s theatrical release, more than 300,000 students in cities across the country got the opportunity to see Selma for free. The filmmakers are hoping that by offering copies of the film for free to U.S. schools, teachers will use Selma as a tool for opening up discussion about race relations in America, civil rights, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and non-violent protest:
“Our ‘SELMA’ filmmaking journey has had many highlights, but to me, the response from students and educators has been the most magnificent part of the experience. To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” said director Ava DuVernay. “I applaud Paramount on this extraordinary effort, and salute the teachers who will provide classes and context on the work of Dr. King and his comrades to the young minds of our nation.”
Teachers can also download free discussion and curriculum guides, video lesson prompts, and a featurette on Lyndon B. Johnson, courtesy of Paramount and BazanED. Selma will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 5, and it is currently available on Digital HD download.