MLK / FBI

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 (Editor, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MO’ BETTER BLUES; Director/Producer, EYEZ ON THE PRIZE, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME) 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.

MICROCINEMA @ THE LUX

Fri, Jan 22, 2021 – 6:00pm

RUNNING TIME

102 minutes

DIRECTOR

Samuel D. Pollard

“SEARING. AT A TIME WHEN KING’S LEGACY SEEMS IRREVOCABLY SANITIZED BY THE WHITE ESTABLISHMENT THAT HE DIED FIGHTING AGAINST, ANY WORK THAT DIGS DEEPER INTO HIS LIFE IS AN ACT OF REBELLION. MLK/FBI GOES EVEN FURTHER THAN SELMA, IMPLICATING THE ENTIRE WHITE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT FOR BEING THREATENED BY KING AS A LEADER AND A MAN. MLK/FBI INDEED SERVES AS A CHILLING REMINDER THAT WHITE SUPREMACY IS… A CRUELTY BAKED INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM, POISONING IT AT EVERY LEVEL. CHANGE COMES WHEN WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO CHALLENGE THE STORIES WE HAVE BEEN TOLD ABOUT OUR HISTORY.”
JOURDAIN SEARLES, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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