There has been a lot of criticism swirling around Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’. The majority of it rests on the portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson and whether his legacy was jilted by the film. DuVernay isn’t having it:
Every filmmaker imbues a movie with their own point of view. The script was the LBJ/King thing, but originally, it was much more slanted to Johnson. I wasn’t interested in making a white-savior movie; I was interested in making a movie centered on the people of Selma. You have to bring in some context for what it was like to live in the racial terrorism that was going on in the deep south at that time. The four little girls have to be there, and then you have to bring in the women. So I started adding women.