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IFC Center Fri, Jan 1, 1971 12:00 PM
This film is available to stream only in the US and US territories.
Online Screening Fri, Feb 5
This film is available to stream only in the US and US territories.
MLK/FBI is available to stream starting Feb. 5.
Film Details
Running Time:102
Director:Sam Pollard
Writer:Benjamin Hedin
Laura Tomaselli
Producer:Benjamin Hedin
Editor:Laura Tomaselli
Composer:Gerald Clayton
Accessibility:Closed Captioning


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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.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director Sam Pollard, immediately following the film.

Screening with the short film MARQUEE (2013, 4 min, dir. Joe Stankus): a lyrical black-and-white visit with now-retired longtime IFC Center usher Larry Alaimo as he changes the letters on the theater’s iconic marquee and reminisces about a life at the movies.