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Thanks to the generosity of several important people in the entertainment industry, over 27,000 students in New York City will be able to screen Selma for free.

The prominent group of 27 influential people include: Ken Chenault, the Chairman of American Express, the Chairman of BET Networks Debra Lee and Richard Parsons, the former CEO of Time Warner. The fund will allow 7th, 8th and 9th graders to view the film for free from January 8th – January 19th at participating theaters.

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Directed by Golden Globe nominee Ava DuVernay, Selma follows the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965. Known as Bloody Sunday, the entire world watched as hundreds of people were hosed, beaten and attacked with dogs on live television.

Selma is such an important film. The film will not only teach students about the civil rights movement but it will also help them sort out the questions they may have now about current events like the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. We hope to hear of more news like this!

Below are a list of the participating NYC theaters:

UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas 14, Astoria

AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13, Bronx

Concourse Plaza Multiplex 10, Bronx

Alpine Cinemas 8, Brooklyn

Bam Harvey Theater, Brooklyn

Cobble Hill Cinemas 5, Brooklyn

Linden Boulevard Multiplex Cinemas 14, Brooklyn

The Pavilion Theater, Brooklyn

UA Court Street 12, Brooklyn

UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14, Brooklyn

Williamsburg Cinemas 7, Brooklyn

Movieworld Cinemas 7, Douglaston

AMC Fresh Meadows 7, Fresh Meadows

UA Midway Stadium 9, Forest Hills

Regal Atlas Park Stadium 8, Glendale

Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas 15, Jamaica

AMC Loews 34th Street 14, New York

AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, New York

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, New York

AMC Empire 25, New York

AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9, New York

Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas 9, New York

City Cinemas East 86th Street Cinema, New York

Regal Battery Park Stadium 11, New York

Regal Union Square Stadium 14, New York

UA Staten Island Stadium 16, Staten Island

College Point Multiplex Cinemas 12, Whitestone

Take your kid to see Selma now!


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