Time: see website 1 week before
Location: Filmhuis Den Haag in the pop-up cinema Concordia on the Hoge Zand 42
About the film: MARTIN LUTHER KING V.S. THE FBI
Director: Sam Pollard
USA, 106 min.
Language: English, NL subtitles
In his documentary Martin Luther King vs. the FBI, director Sam Pollard shows how the peaceful advocate of the Afro-American civil rights movement Martin Luther King Jr., shortly after his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, was classified by the FBI as a danger to the future of America. Using released secret state documents and inspired by the work of historian and Pulitzer Prize winner David J. Garrow, the documentary shows how the FBI, led by J. Edgar Hoover, launched a witch-hunt against King, during which he was constantly watched and harassed by the US government.
Hoover saw the mass movement against racial discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s as a communist plot and ordered King to be bugged. FBI investigators discovered that the beloved and charismatic minister was having extramarital affairs and pressured him with a typed, anonymous letter: “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.” Martin Luther King vs. The FBI is a mind-boggling account that uses archival footage, scenes from Hollywood films and the commentary of historians, publicists and those involved to reveal how the FBI tried to publicly tarnish King’s image from the late 1950s to the moment he was assassinated in 1968.
Out of home: Pop-up cinema at Concordia CC
Finally, the movie theatres are open again! We, too, are delighted to welcome you back. However, for the time being, this will not be in our familiar building on the Spui. On the initiative of the owner, the Municipality of The Hague, major maintenance will be carried out there in the coming months. Therefore, we present an exclusive pop-up cinema from Friday, 11 June. In Concordia CC (Hoge Zand 42), the newest cultural spot at 800 m from the Filmhuis, we will continue to show you the best films until autumn. In the autumn we reopen in our familiar place. Technically fully adapted to today’s requirements, with an exhibition and a renovated café.