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Directed by Sam Pollard

USA | Documentary | 106

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Film Available to Stream

Thu, Dec 3 at 12:01 am – Sun, Dec 6 at 11:59 pm PST

Live Q&A

Sun, Dec 6 at 8:00 pm PST

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Director Sam Pollard is expected for the live Q&A on Sunday, December 6 at 8:00 pm PST.


In this critical time of racial strife in America, Sam Pollard’s revelatory MLK/FBI exposes J. Edgar Hoover’s dogged and heinous attempts to discredit and humiliate Martin Luther King Jr. through rampant surveillance and wiretapping. Utilizing archival footage, old film and television clips, and numerous interviews with historians, Pollard, Spike Lee’s longtime editor, expertly crafts a compelling and unsettling portrait of Hoover’s relentless quest to destroy one of this nation’s heroes.

MLK/FBI serves as a chilling reminder that white supremacy is not solely a partisan problem; it’s a cruelty baked into the fabric of our political system, poisoning it at every level. Change comes when we allow ourselves to challenge the stories we have been told about our history.” —Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Sam Pollard

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost 30 years. He has served as producer and supervising editor on the Spike Lee-directed HBO documentary If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise (2001), and When the Levees Broke (2006). He has directed numerous acclaimed documentaries including, Mr. Soul! (2018), Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (2017), and episodes of HBO’s Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (2020).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 106

Country USA

Director Sam Pollard

Producer Benjamin Hedin

Editor Laura Tomaselli

Cinematographer Robert Chappell

Music Gerald Clayton