MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures including former FBI Director James Comey and directed by Emmy® Award winner and Oscar® nominee Sam Pollard (editor, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MO' BETTER BLUES; director, EYES ON THE PRIZE, MR. SOUL!, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME) MLK/FBI 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. DIR Sam Pollard; SCR Laura Tomaselli; SCR/PROD Benjamin Hedin. U.S., 2020, color/b&w, 104 min. NOT RATED
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