To coincide with the release of MLK/FBI, We Are Parable Co-Founder and Creative Director Anthony Andrews selects a collection of films exploring other Black voices around the Civil Rights era.
The collection also includes Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed biopic of Martin Luther King, Jr, as a fictionalisex counterpoint to Sam Pollard's documentary.
Documentary2020106 minsDirector: Sam Pollard
Sam Pollard's resonant exploration of the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Drawing upon newly discovered and declassified files, Sam Pollard’s crucial and compelling documentary recounts the US government’s obsession with Martin Luther King, Jr, and their efforts to blackmail and disempower him during the height of the Civil Rights movement.
Remarkable interview with Malcolm X, spokesman for the Nation of Islam, about police brutality against black Muslims in LA
Five years before the death of Dr. King, Malcolm X gives his first interview to British television, where he speaks about his (and the Nation of Islam’s) beliefs. In an extremely frank exchange, he displays an approach which greatly differs from King’s non-violent one, noting that “Anyone who is depriving you of freedom isn’t deserving of a peaceful approach by the ones who are being deprived of the freedom.”
Biopic2014128 minsDirector: Ava DuVernay
David Oyelowo’s stunning performance as Martin Luther King Jr. adorns this gripping account of the campaign that changed the course of American civil rights.
Released in 2014, Ava Duvernay’s biopic explores King’s epic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, drawing awareness to how difficult it was for Black people to register to vote. A career best performance from David Oyelowo.
Documentary201694 minsDirector: Raoul Peck
Raoul Peck’s penetrating and acclaimed documentary reconstructs an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, chronicler of America’s Civil Rights Movement.
Raoul Peck’s documentary is based on “Remember This House”, a memoir from James Baldwin which recollects his thoughts and the lives of civil rights leaders, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, it offers the viewer the opportunity to hear some of Baldwin’s astute observations on race relations in America. Depressingly relevant in today’s times.
Biopic1992202 minsDirector: Spike Lee
Denzel Washington takes the lead in one of the great screen biopics, directed by Spike Lee.
Spike Lee’s masterpiece and essential viewing. Denzel Washington gives the performance of a lifetime as Malcolm Little, Detroit Red and eventually Malcolm X. This sprawling epic explores how Malcolm discovers Islam, his ministry and his eventual rethinking of views of race relations.