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Free 'Selma' screenings expand to eight more cities

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Atsushi Nishijima

For a limited time, students in eight select cities can now see Selma for free following the success of gratis screenings in New York City. The program allows 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see the Golden Globe-nominated film free of charge by showing their student ID or report card at the box office of participating theaters through Jan. 19.

The effort, initially led by a group of African American business leaders in New York, was a great success, selling out of tickets in the first weekend. The new cities include Philadelphia, Boston, and Sarasota.

Selma was nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture, Drama, and took home the award for Best Original Song for Common and John Legend’s “Glory.”

“The first day I stepped on the set of “Selma” I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” said Common of the film during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.

The full list of participating cities is available here.