Written by: Anthony S. Parker
Director: Sam Pollard
Clarence Jones, and more.
In this virtuosic documentary, award-winning director Sam Pollard (Eyez on the prize, Slavery by another name, The Talk: Race in America), with help from some newly discovered and declassified files (to be released in 2027), lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance and harassment of Martin L King Jr throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Dogging like treatment orchestrated by federal personal such as J E Hoover.
While it does not compare to the ill-treatment of Donald J. Trump. The fumbling, and missing signs that could have saved John F. Kennedy’s life, or the diabolical decision to allow crooked Hillary Clinton to avoid jail.
Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI documentary gives it’s viewers a very close and incisive look into one of the bureaucrats most darkening and sorrow tales in their long history. One of paranoia and deception. One which led the US government down a narrow road of “over-the-top” surveillance, harassment and (eventually), the attempted murder of Martin Luther King, Jr, but hey you know, it could have been worse… Oh, wait!
Throughout the next 104 minutes, Pollard tells of the tale of FBI director J Edgar Hoover and his resentment towards MLK, one maybe not of animosity nor personal, but one of a political agenda.
— To be continued in our March 2021 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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The film was picked up by New York-based distribution service, IFC Films, following a successful premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was released across all on-demand services in January, 2021. DVD and Blu-Ray as of February.