By Sam Pollard

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2021-01-15
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 46min
  • Director: Sam Pollard
  • Production Company: Field of Vision
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
From 7 Ratings


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic documentary, award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard (Editor, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MO' BETTER BLUES; Director/Producer, EYES ON THE PRIZE, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME) lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King's activism throughout the '50s and '60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.




  • Really glorified this man

    By mikeymike76
    MLK was a cheating womanizer and a well known plagiarist.
  • Ban this low life ...from history books!

    By floydlee45
    A horrible person....racist serial adulator who is known for a speech he gave while holding back a bm....
  • Exceptional

    By JeffreyFry470
    Timeless and timely. I didn’t know about this and wished I had learned about this more in school. Everyone should know this happened. It matters so much TODAY!
  • Should’ve been a Series

    By B. Gould
    This is a wonderful film. The only knock I can think of is the fact that it contains quite a bit of info for under 2 hours. It should’ve been a four or five part series to let the I go breathe and sink in.
  • Mlk fbi

    By mcgin 73
    Next will be Democrats vs president trump & how they destroyed America
  • An

    By Buttonhead.49
    MLK/FBI was a great film. It provided a perspective on the FBI that I had never learned. It made me all the more in awe of MLK’s vision for humanity despite the personal pressures. It also was discreet in shearing light on MLK’s personal life which was until recently, was private. Very interesting.
  • Go Watch Now!

    By ndndhdik
    Excellent and compelling film. It was chilling to see just how far the FBI’s campaign of hatred went. I loved the use of audio-only interviews until the very end. The interviewees served as our trusted narrator as opposed to characters. Really beautifully done and highly recommend the watch.
  • Incredibly Powerful!

    By ViolaFan2015
    A truly must-see work of documentary filmmaking. Incredible powerful and a necessary watch especially during the times we are living in.
  • A revelation!

    By Cookieshane
    It could not be more timely to learn how much the fight for racial justice was always considered a threat to the default American power structure. What a brilliant and powerful film!
  • Factual Documentation

    By ZayRose
    As a young 26 year old citizen I’ve never actually seen video and audio footage of not only MLK but all the political contributors as well. This documentary is so good it’s scary! Seeing how things played out and learning more facts about MLK really kept me on the edge of my seat. This film was so entertaining I took my time only watching 20 -35 minutes at a time. It was still hard to pause I wanted this to keep going on when it ended. I’m very interested to see how things will send up learning what I learned from this film. Films like these are necessary for the future innovation of our country