Boycott : The Story of Martin Luther King [DVD]
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A dramatisation of the historic events which took place in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. When middle-aged black woman Rosa Parks is arrested after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, she finds herself thrown in jail and charged under the State's segregation laws. This causes outrage among Montogomery's black community, and led by a young Martin Luther King (Jeffrey Wright), they rally together and start a 24-hour boycott of the city's buses. Soon, however, this turns into a year long struggle against prejudice and racial inequality which would be instrumental in transforming American society.
"Brave, bold and dynamic" -- The Mirror
"Compulsive entertainment" -- The Sunday Times
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Thus we have a truly compelling tale whose premise is that a group of essentially ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances responded with a sense of responsibility, courage and a passionate determination to fight prejudice using their experience of organisation and mass mobilisation. Notable are the performances - Jeffrey Wright's King is so perfect he's unrecognisable if you recall him from Bond or his equally powerful Basquiat - the number of very well-drawn characters, clearly thoughtful writing, a bold choice of cinematic techniques, and the struggles, man and weather-made, that the Montgomery Improvement Association faced. Unfortunately, there are no extras on the DVD which is a shame as the film leaves you keen to know more. It's based on the book Daybreak of Freedom: Montgomery Bus Boycott which is pricey but also available.
More than a history lesson, Boycott weaves a wonderful tapestry of real people overcoming against all the odds. It acknowledges the overcoming of internal struggles: defeatism, fear, egos and cowardice are depicted alongside wisdom, sacrifice, courage, and solidarity.Read more ›