Director: Sam Pollard Run Time: 104 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2021
Starring: Andrew Young, Beverly Gage, David Garrow, J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King Jr.
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, award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard 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 revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won. – IFC Films
“An eye-opening documentary that poses hard questions and gives no easy answers, MLK/FBI is a worthy addition to the ever-timely media concerning Martin Luther King Jr.” – Amon Warmann, Empire Magazine
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