Watch Trailer To HBO’s MLK Doc ‘King In The Wilderness’

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Watch Trailer To HBO’s MLK Doc ‘King In The Wilderness”
Posted by Wilson Morales

March 7, 2018

USA Today has posted the trailer to the HBO MLK Doc, “King In The Wilderness,” which recently had its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

HBO will be debuting the powerful documentary on April 2, in honor of this year being the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination (on April 4).

In an era that often wants to pigeonhole Dr. King as someone who’s about “I have a dream” and the end of segregation, he has become less of a man and more of a myth upon which principles can be grafted to suit a narrative. But left out of the history books are much of what happened afterward, during the last three years of his life.

The documentary features in depth interviews with John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Marian Wright Edelman, Jesse Jackson, Joan Baez, and Andrew Young, among many others from MLK’s inner circle, living legends, as each of them knows how to create real, lasting change because they’ve done it.

From Ferguson to Black Lives Matter to Charlottesville, the film also connects the dots from the struggles of the past and why we still continue to grapple with the same problems today.

King in the Wilderness reveals a conflicted leader who, after the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965, faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum; the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti–Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible. King’s fervent belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos. This film is about Dr. King, but it’s also about the end of a movement.

Directed and Executive Produced by Peter Kunhardt (The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee, Becoming Warren Buffett, Living with Lincoln). Executive Produced by Taylor Branch, Trey Ellis and Jacqueline Glover. Edited by Maya Mumma (O.J.: Made in America) and Steven J. Golliday (Far From The Tree).

Clip Courtesy of HBO


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