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Film Info
Program:We the People: Required Watching
Virtual Cinema
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Release Year:2020
Runtime:102 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:IFC Films
Director:Sam Pollard
Executive Producer:David Friend
Charlotte Cook
Jeffrey Lurie
Marie Therse Guirgis
Kate Hurwitz
Dana O’Keefe
Steven Farneth
Producer:Benjamin Hedin
Cinematographer:Robert Chappell
Screenwriter:Benjamin Hedin
Laura Tomaselli
Editor:Laura Tomaselli
Composer:Gerald Clayton


MSP Film Society presents a special We the People: Required Watching FREE advance screening of MLK/FBI and live conversation with Director Sam Pollard. This event is part of We the People: Required Watching, the MSP Film Society's programming initiative designed to spark conversation around current events and issues of social impact affecting our community, country and world. This series is generously supported by the George Family Foundation and KNOCK, Inc. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.

Screening: Watch the documentary for FREE on Wednesday, January 13 by clicking the RESERVE NOW button. Capacity is limited and advance reservations are recommended.

Conversation: Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00pm. Registration is FREE. MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice in conversation with MLK/FBI Director Sam Pollard.


About the Film

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.

Courtesy IFC Films. In theaters and on demand January 15.


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