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Selma, Lord, Selma; Charles Burnett tells the story of Selma through a child's eyes




Portrait of Charles Burnett. Courtesy of Milestone Films and the Walker Art Center.
Portrait of Charles Burnett. Courtesy of Milestone Films and the Walker Art Center.
Photo: Dan Dennehey for the Walk

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The civil rights epic, "Selma," is up for a Best Picture Academy Award this weekend.

But long before director Ava DuVernay told the story of the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama, there was another film about Martin Luther King Jr.'s pivotal 1965 civil rights demonstration. 

"Selma, Lord, Selma" was directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Charles Burnett back in 1999. It's based on the first hand account of writer Sheyann Webb-Christburg. 

He spoke with Take Two's Tess Vigeland about his production and why the story of Selma is still relevant today.