Since many of us are in the US enjoying Martin Luther King Jr. holidays, it couldn’t be better to make a documentary on the occasion – specifically, a The question is whether it’s Sidney Lumet’s Academy Award-nominated film (released two years after King’s death), or Peter Kunhardt’s The latest entry into the genre focuses on the last three years of the civil rights icon’s life. Watch one of them (or all seven) to get inspired, then get out and change the world. As Dr. King famously said: “When you do the right thing, the time is always right.” Below, we recommend seven movies:
Directed by Sam Pollard (Citizen Ashe
a disturbing film work), MLK/FBI Dig into recently discovered and declassified documents, as well as a trove of restored material to reveal that King was targeted, spied on and harassed by the FBI (then led by J. Edgar Hoover) to discredit his powerful information.
How to watch: Stream on Hulu, Apple TV or YouTube.
King of the Wild (2018)
“Any project about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ends up in the urgent specificity of his vision (now arguably more than ever before) Tensions are found in the space between the more pressing of times) and the martyr-like symbolism acquired after his death; essentially, the tension between the king of men and the king of the divine,” Julia Felsenthal of Vogue wrote in her review of the film 400. Director Peter Kunhardt’s HBO documentary — including King’s archival footage and present-day interviews with a dozen of his close friends — focuses on the last three years of King’s life as hecklers, cynics and detractors; fought for the gospel of nonviolence in bloody uprisings in cities across America; and resisted the rise of the Black Power movement.
HOW TO WATCH: Stream on HBO Max, Amazon, Apple TV or YouTube.