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MLK/FBI

Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard's resonant film explores the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(NR, 104 min.)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

4:00 PM

Thursday, January 21, 2021

7:45 PM

Friday, January 22, 2021

5:00 PM 7:30 PM

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4:30 PM 7:00 PM

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4:00 PM

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

5:00 PM

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. [Metacritic]

Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Genre(s): Documentary

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"[Director Samuel] Pollard's organization of his material is masterful."

— Kambole Campbell, Hyperallergic

"MLK/FBI is an essential film. And it’s a film relevant to where we are at this moment."

— Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm

"Eye-opening and jaw dropping...could not have arrived at a more pertinent moment."

— Rolling Stone

"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."

— Robert Daniels, The Playlist

"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."

— A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club

"Films that divulge the reckless behavior of the FBI and/or government should be seen so the country doesn't repeat that kind of malfeasance that leads to civil rights leaders being maligned and murdered."

— Dwight Brown, National Newspaper Publishers Association