About Selma

These films focus on the freedom movement in Selma.



Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom, 1965

Bridge to Freedom is a full hour segment on Selma in the renowned Eyes on the Prize series. Read about the segment on the PBS website. View the full segment on Youtube. Grades 7+.



Selma, Lord, Selma

A made-for-TV documentary about Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson, two children who were active in the Selma freedom movement.  Grades 4+. Disney. 1999.



Selma: Bridge to the Ballot

Produced for grades 6+, this documentary film focuses on the role of students and teachers in the Selma-to-Montgomery march. Free for classroom teachers. Teaching Tolerance. Order here.




The 2014 historical drama feature film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, was made available to grade 7+ classrooms across the country in February of 2015. It will be re-released in theaters March 20, 2015 and available on DVD in May.



Home of the Brave

A documentary about the murder of Viola Liuzzo. Grades 10+. Bullfrog Films. 2003.


Other Civil Rights Movement Stories



Freedom Song

Feature film with Danny Glover based on the actual history of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), student activism, and voter registration in McComb, Mississippi.



Children’s March

Academy Award-winning documentary film tells the heroic story of the young people in Birmingham, Alabama, who brought segregation to its knees.




Feature film about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Here is a list of many more films on the Civil Rights Movement, recommended for the classroom.


Oral History Interviews

These people played an active role during the Selma freedom movement.


National Visionary Leadership Project


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