The Rex Nettleford Foundation premieres 'Selma'
Specially invited guests turned up at Carib Cinema in Kingston to support the Rex Nettleford Foundation's premiere of the movie Selma. On Tuesday, the red carpet was rolled out as guests were treated to an exclusive affair filled with fine wines and delectable hors d'oeuvres.
While pausing for the occasional photo op, many made new acquaintances and reinforced old ones as a mingling frenzy erupted right there in the main lobby of the theatre.
With the cocktail segment of the evening over, they made their way to the designated auditorium in an orderly fashion. Once all were seated, the formalities got under way, with introductions from some notables who were present.
Chorvelle Johnson, CEO of Proven Wealth Limited, one of the sponsors for the night, said that the company was elated to be on the board of such a prestigious foundation that keeps the work and memory of one of Jamaica's iconic academics alive.
Held under the patronage of former Prime Minister P.J Patterson, he also took to the podium to express gratitude in a convivial atmosphere. He noted that choosing this movie was extremely and uniquely suited to honour Nettleford's legacy as one of the greats of Jamaica, the Caribbean and the diaspora.
Then it was time for the main event - Selma.
WORTH THE WAIT
Technical difficulties delayed the start of the show, but it was definitely worth the wait. Selma is based on the true life story of Dr Martin Luther King Junior's quest for equal voting rights in 1965. The movie starts with a bang and audience members were stirred with emotions at the realistic details of the struggle which King and black people endured. The non-violent approach of his supporters was met with immense violence. This pulled at the heartstrings of the audience and a few women were seen going for their tissues.
It was that heroic march from Selma to Montgomery which influenced and prompted President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act in 1965, going down in history as the greatest successful game-changer for the civil rights movement, black people and the world.
But beyond that, at the heart of the movie is a look at the man behind the movement. The man who not only became a remarkable pastor, leader and visionary, but who was also a father and a husband.
It is definitely a must-see.