Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme

MLK/FBI

“In some ways things haven’t changed, in terms of the American political landscape. When we were shaping and editing the film, we didn’t realize to the extent that it would be so resonant and relevant today. I mean, we knew it would be relevant, but with all the things that have happened in the last nine months— with the pandemic, with the narratives of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and others, with Trump pulling out the trope that white America should be afraid [because] the left is going to destroy the suburbs—it just shows you that America is still, in some ways, socially and politically, a very backwards country.”

Director Sam Pollard (Variety, 29.11.2020)

 

MLK/FBI reveals shocking behavior by the American government, but the most troubling aspect of its revelations is that nobody had to answer for it.

Sam Pollard’s sobering and essential documentary recounts the government’s efforts to blackmail, discredit, and otherwise disempower Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the Civil Rights movement, by recording his marital infidelities and wielding them like a blunt weapon. However, the most revealing takeaway from this searing overview isn’t that J. Edgar Hoover used every dirty machination at his disposal to take King down, but that most of the country seemed to think it was the right thing to do.

Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

Title: MLK/FBI
Language: English
Subtitles: English (partly)
Director: Sam Pollard
Production Country: USA
Year: 2020
Length (min): 106
Age limit: K12
Cinematographer: Robert Chappell
Screenplay: Benjamin Hedin, Laura Tomaselli
Editing: Laura Tomaselli
Music: Gerald Clayton
Producer: Sam Pollard
Production Company: Depth of Vision, Tradecraft Films, Play/Action Pictures