De Balie Kijkt: Martin Luther King vs. The FBI

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We start the online screening with a conversation with Sam Pollard and Domenica Ghidei Biidu

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Sam Pollard
104 minutes
In cooperation with the John Adams Institute and Cherry Pickers, De Balie broadcasts a live discussion about the film MLK/FBI after which we screen the film. In this exclusive programme five days after Martin Luther Kingday we will speak before the film with Emmy Award winning director Sam Pollard and human rights lawyer Domenica Ghidei Biidu.

Captivating and urgent, Martin Luther King vs. The FBI uncovers how, during the civil rights movement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) utilized every means at their disposal to sabotage the efforts of dr. Martin Luther King and other black activists. Based on recently discovered and declassified files, the documentary powerfully demonstrates how fear for a destabilized status quo brought one of America’s biggest federal institutions to trying to ruin Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal rights for everyone.

Buy your ticket online to watch this live online talk + film screening on 23 January at 8PM. 75 minutes before start time the ticket sale closes and ticket buyers receive the password to the private stream via e-mail. The stream will then be available for 48 hours.

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Martin Luther King vs The FBI will screen regularly from March onwards (schedule might be subject to change due to COVID-19) at De Balie and in other cinemas.


Sam Pollard is an American filmmaker and the director of Martin Luther King vs The FBI. He has won an Emmy Award for Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson and was nominated for an Oscar for Four Little Girls (1997). He is a teacher at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York and he is a member at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Domenica Ghidei Biidu is a Human Rights Lawer and strategic adviser for Equity, Inclusiveness and Diversity. She is representative of the Netherlands- and vice-chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

Conversation with

Sam PollardDirector MLK/FBI
Domenica Ghidei BiiduHuman Rights Lawyer, vice-chair of the European Commission against Racism and intolerance

Photo: Eelkje Colmjon

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