A film by SAM POLLARD
Official Selection – Telluride Film Festival 2020
Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival 2020
From Academy-award nominee Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls, Mr Soul!, ACORN and The Firestorm) comes MLK/FBI an explosive expose of the FBIגs covert surveillance and persecution of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Crafted solely from restored footage of the time, overlaid with narration of declassified materials, MLK/FBI is an incendiary document of institutional racism and harassment of Civil Rights activists; an urgent document that holds relevance and importance today.
Pollard uses newly discovered and declassified files, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, to illustrate the depth and breadth of the FBIגs targeted and sustained harassment of Dr. King at the behest of their director J. Edgar Hoover. Throughout most of the 50גs and 60גs, גno holds were barredג; FBI agents bugged hotel rooms, tapped phones, paid informants, enlisted journalists to write hostile stories about Dr. King, never alerted him to threats on his life, and when King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the FBI threatened to blackmail him unless he committed suicide.
MLK/FBI poses essential questions about freedom, civil disobedience, and patriotism; and who is the gatekeeper of the גAmerican dreamג, who gets to decide? Questions that are still being asked today.?
MLK/FBI WILL BE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS ON 15 JANUARY 2021?