Reel Roots: MLK/FBI

Wednesday 26th October

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 and directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK / FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.

Reel Roots: Black History Month invites us to embrace uplifting stories of the fight for equality and the pursuit of excellence. Rather than patience and pity, we honour stamina and success. Rather than being victimised, our heroes are victorious.

Curated by The New Black Film Collective with the support of Film Hub Scotland, this film tour nods to Black History Month’s origins in America, traversing key moments in the abolitionist and civil rights movements to shows of strength in modern, quotidian life.

Subtitled. Rating: 12A.

Running time: 106 minutes. Accessible seating available.

Free, but please book.

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