MLK Weekend Film Festival


January 14, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm


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Friday, January 14

  • 2 pm: Malcolm X (1992) (PG-13)
  • Biographical epic of the Black revolutionary leader Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington and directed by Spike Lee. Based on the 1965 autobiography co-written by Malcolm and future Roots creator Alex Haley.
  • 6 pm: MLK/FBI: a documentary (2020) (PG) with talkback
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic documentary, award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover.


Saturday, January 15

  • 2 pm: Freedom House: Street Saviors (2009) (Not Rated)
  • Documentary tells the story of the nation’s first paramedics�255 Black men trained by Pitt physicians. Pittsburghers who needed emergency medical care used to be transported to hospitals in the backs of police wagons. Their medical treatment began at the hospital door.
  • 4 pm: 137 Shots (2021) (R)
  • In this Netflix documentary, law enforcement faces scrutiny as Americans demand justice after police violence claims multiple Black lives in Cleveland, including the lives of Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Russell, 43, killed by police officers who fired at them with 137 bullets.
  • 6 pm: The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution (2018) (Not Rated) with talkback
  • Power to Heal is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.


Sunday, January 16

  • 2 pm: The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (2019) (Not Rated)
  • Film directed by David Midell and starring Frankie Faison, based on the police shooting of Chamberlain that occurred on November 29, 2011, in White Plains, New York.
  • 4 pm: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron (2003) (Not Rated) with talkback
  • Gil Scott-Heron (1949 – 2011) was one of the most influential musicians and poets of the last 50 years. In Don Letts’s documentary, Gil tells his own story for the first time � from being one of the firstt Black children to integrate an all white Southern state school to becoming the Godfather of Rap.


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