MLK/FBI (2020)

  • Main Slate
  • 1h 44m
  • USA
Last Chance to Rent Sep 26, 8:00 PM ET

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic documentary, veteran editor and director Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin’) lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won. An IFC Films release.

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Director

Sam Pollard

Language

English

Bonus Content

1m
58th New York Film Festival Trailer

Preview 25 days of the best in world cinema.

4m
MLK/FBI Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez, K. Austin Collins, and director Sam Pollard.

47m
MLK/FBI Q&A

A conversation between K. Austin Collins and director Sam Pollard.

1m
HBO Documentary Films

Special thanks to HBO, the presenting partner of NYFF58 documentaries.

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