MLK/FBI + Judas and the Black Messiah
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Two of the year’s best films—a documentary and a drama—explore the searingly relevant history of the FBI’s targeting of Black leaders.
In between screenings, directors Sam Pollard and Shaka King will participate in a live virtual discussion.
Introduced by director Sam Pollard
Dir. Sam Pollard. U.S., 2021, 103 mins. MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures, including former FBI Director James Comey, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment. Not Rated
Judas and the Black Messiah
Dir. Shaka King. U.S., 202, 126 mins. With LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, Martin Sheen. FBI informant William O’Neal (Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands? Rated: R
This event is sold out. Free with RSVP.