Oprah Winfrey co-stars in Selma
Selmamovie.com screenshot

The new movie Selma, which depicts the civil rights struggle and the 1965 voting-rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. through the town of Selma, Ala., is being shown to residents of the town for free, but not everyone is sure that opening that old wound is good for the citizens of Selma.

“I don’t know if the movie is going to help Selma’s image the way it will be portrayed,” a Selma resident told Reuters.

But actress-producer Oprah Winfrey believes that the story is a historic one that can be shared by all generations. “With deep gratitude to the people of Selma, Ala., we are proud to share this powerful film depicting the historic events that took place there 50 years ago,” Winfrey noted in a statement viewed by the Hollywood Reporter. “I hope generations will watch the film and share their stories of remembrance and history together.”

Screenings of the film will begin showing in Selma on Jan. 9.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter and Reuters.