"Selma" star David Oyelowo,  producer Oprah Winfrey and director Ava DuVernay

“Selma” star David Oyelowo, producer Oprah Winfrey and director Ava DuVernay

*The AFI Fest is going the extra mile for director Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King pic “Selma.”

The annual film festival, taking place November 6 – 13 in Hollywood, will host a 30-minute, first-look screening of footage from the movie, followed by a conversation with DuVernay, producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and star David Oyelowo at the Egyptian Theatre.

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David Oyelowo (Center) as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma”

Selma, from Paramount Pictures, Pathé and Harpo Films, focuses solely on the three-months in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Oyelowo) faced ferocious opposition to lead the march from Selma to Montgomery calling for equal voting rights. The march culminated in President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the Civil Rights Movement.

“The story goes between Selma and D.C. and how King had to manage the politics on the ground and people in the grass roots movement with Johnson and [Gov.] George Wallace. He’s navigating between those two worlds,” DuVernay tells EURweb exclusively.

David Owelowo, Carmen Ejogo as Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King in "Selma"

David Owelowo, Carmen Ejogo as Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King in “Selma”

It’s been five decades since any theatrical film with Dr. King as the main character has been in movie theaters.

Below, DuVernay can’t believe it:

“Selma,” also starring Wendell Pierce, Alessandro Nivola, Andre Holland and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, opens in limited release on Christmas Day with plans to expand wider on Jan. 9.