When the filmmakers decided to create a feature film based on the events at Selma, they had choices to make about the genre of the film. By emphasising certain events, characters, relationships or themes, they could create a film that might fit a number of different genres.


Look at the chart below listing certain elements in the film. What genres could these elements fit? Give your reasons.

ELEMENTS POSSIBLE GENRE (eg. thriller, romance, documentary etc) REASON

Personal relationship between Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta

Protest marches across Edmund Pettus Bridge

Meetings between Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Johnson

Murder and funeral of Jimmie Lee Jackson

Laws governing voting rights



Now watch the trailer again and try to identify key features that you think make it fit the genre of historical drama.