Sam Pollard | United States | 2020 | 104'
Based on recently declassified files, the film reveals the surveillance and the harassment by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI of the civil rights’ movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. In the 1950s and 60s, when black mobilization started to fight racial discrimination, Hoover saw the movement as a Communist plot and tried to discredit the charisma of King through phone tapping and blackmail, in what the former director of the FBI James Comey defines “the darkest part of the Bureau’s history.
Benjamin Hedin, Laura Tomaselli
Sam Pollard was born in Harlem. His career as an editor and producer spans forty years: he worked on the editing of Spike Lee’s films, Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Clockers (1995), 4 Little Girls (1997, which earned him an Oscar nomination) and Bamboozled (2000). As a director he has made a number of successful television series (Eyes on the Prize, Slavery by Another Name), the documentary Two Trains Runnin’, presented at Rotterdam in 2016 and Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, in the official selection of the Toronto Film Festival in 2017. He teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.
2020 - MLK/FBI, ff (doc)
2017 - Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, ff (doc)
2016 - Two Trains Runnin’, ff (doc)
2012 - Slavery by Another Name, TV series
1990 - Eyes on the Prize, TV series