Director: Sam Pollard
USA / 2020 / 102 min
Last screened on Mon, Jan 11
Live Screening followed by a Q&A with the director, moderated by film critic Jourdain Searles.
The first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI is 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. Exploring the government’s history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals, and featuring interviews with key cultural figures, including former FBI Director James Comey, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.
Jourdain Searles is a writer and film critic who has written for publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and Sight & Sound.