Film society showing advance screening of 'Selma' _lowres

Photo by ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA -- Left to right, foreground: Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., André Holland plays Andrew Young, and Stephan James plays John Lewis in 'Selma.'

The Louisiana Film Society will present the Louisiana premiere of the civil rights drama “Selma” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Cinemak Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge.

Presented in cooperation with Cinemark Theatres and Paramount Pictures, the screening is free of charge to moviegoers who register for admission at the film society’s event page.

“Selma” chronicles three tumultuous months in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a campaign amidst violent opposition to ensure equal voting rights. The march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

David Oyelowo leads the cast as King. Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey co-star.

Directed by Ava DuVerney, “Selma” has multiple Golden Globe nominations, including best picture, best actor and best director.

The Louisiana Film Society presents monthly screenings and the Louisiana International Film Festival, May 7-May 10.