MLK/FBI, presented by Rhode Island Council For The Humanities, is available to stream Monday 2/22 – Thursday 2/25 (at 11:59 PM EST) with a suggested $5 donation.
This film event is part of Culture is Key, an initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to explore and document the role of cultural participation in rebuilding civic life, encouraging communities to come together to learn about our shared histories and diverse experiences, and to envision a better future. To learn more, visit rihumanities.org/program/culture-is-key.
Please join us for the following post-film events:
Thursday, February 25th at 5:30 PM EST: Virtual Q&A (Stream live below)
Sunday, February 28th: Story in the Public Square interview (details below)
ABOUT THE FILM:
2021 OSCARS DOCUMENTARY SHORT LIST
MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures including former FBI Director James Comey and directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.
|Thursday 2/25 at 5:30 PM EST:||Virtual Q&A with film producer Benjamin Hedin, and Story in the Public Square co-host/The Providence Journal writer G. Wayne Miller|
|Sunday 2/28:||Story in the Public Square interview with film director & producer will be broadcast on PBS nationwide (RI PBS airs at 11 am and 7:30 pm). Interview will also be available as a podcast on the POTUS channel on SiriusXM Radio.|
|Run time:||102 mins|
CINEMATIC POETRY. FASCINATING. SUSPENSEFUL. VISUALLY ENGROSSING. INTELLECTUALLY BRACING. AN EXEMPLARY HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY…. AS TIMELY AS AN ALARM CLOCK.
...COULDN’T BE MORE TIMELY. THIS FILM SEEMS LIKE ONE OF THE MOST URGENT TITLES… THIS YEAR.
EYE-OPENING AND JAW-DROPPING. COULD NOT HAVE ARRIVED AT A MORE PERTINENT MOMENT.
ILLUMINATING AND INFURIATING. DRAWS UNCANNY PARALLELS TO CURRENT SOCIAL TURMOIL AD THE CONTINUED FIGHT FOR EQUALITY AT A TIME WHEN IT SEEMS NECESSARY TO HEAR KING’S WORDS AGAIN.
INCENDIARY. A SINISTER SOAP OPERA OF ESPIONAGE.