New Documentary Details FBI Surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK/FBI (Credit: IFC Films)

The new documentary MLK/FBI takes on the U.S. government’s history of targeting Black activists, particularly Martin Luther King, Jr.

The movie is based on newly discovered and declassified files, interviews, and restored archival footage, and details the lengths to which then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was willing to go because he viewed King as a “threat” to the status quo in America.

A voice in the trailer says, “The FBI was most alarmed about King because of his success.”

An FBI document shown on screen warns of King’s popularity and describes him as “the most dangerous Negro in the future of this nation.”

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The film is directed by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard, who is known for chronicling the Black experience in America. His previous documentaries include Mr. Soul!; Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children; and Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me.

A frequent collaborator and editor on Spike Lee’s films, Pollard produced and edited Lee’s award-winning HBO documentary When the Levees Broke.

His latest work, MLK/FBI, opened in select theaters on Friday, Jan. 15. The film is produced by Benjamin Hedin. Executive producers include David Friend, Charlotte Cook, Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therese Guirgis, Kate Hurwitz, Dana O’Keefe, and Steven Farneth

The IFC Films release is also available for at home viewing via Amazon Video, Apple TV, YouTube and other platforms listed here.

Watch the trailer for the film below.