6.7/10 (IMDB)

MLK FBI

1h 44m Documentary
MLK FBI
MLK FBI

About

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.

Director

Sam Pollard

Cast

James Comey, Beverly Gage, Martin Luther King

Rating

Not Rated

Year

2021

Country

USA

Language

English

Show Times


Main Trailer


Reviews

  • "Pollards’ MLK/FBI is more than an eye-opening look at an icon, and the evil forces working to tear him apart, it’s a critical chapter that should be imprinted inside every white American’s heart. Especially right now."
    - The Playlist
  • "MLK/FBI reveals shocking behavior by the American government, but the most troubling aspect of its revelations is that nobody had to answer for it."
    - IndieWire
  • "It’s a useful reminder not just that this American hero was a widely vilified figure during his lifetime but also that he accomplished everything he did despite nonstop resistance from intelligence agencies, the media, and the public alike."
    - The A.V. Club

Awards

  • San Diego Int'l Film Festival
  • Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
  • Heartland Film
  • Critics' Choice Documentary Awards

Festivals

  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • St. Louis Int'l Film Festival
  • Int'l Documentary Festival Amsterdam
  • New York Film Festival
  • Middleburg Film Festival
  • SCAD Savannah Film Festival