Opens Jan 15, 2021
"Masterful. Absorbing. Remarkable."
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 director Sam Pollard 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.
"Great. Engrossing. Unsettling. As timely as an alarm clock."
-A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Powerhouse doc. Rewarding. Meticulously damning."
-Los Angeles Times
"Engrossing. Scathing. Between the violent tap downs of Black Lives Matter protests, and the kidnapping of protestors in unmarked vans, it feels life we are repeating history. Pollard's MLK/FBI is... a critical chapter that should be imprinted inside every white American's heart. Especially right now."