As we approach the 50th anniversary of MLK assassination, there are several documentaries set to premiere next month. Trailers premiered for two of them.
HBO has King in the Wilderness. Filmmaker Peter Kunhardt chronicles the last few years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and portrays a conflicted leader who, after the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965, faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Thanks to revelatory conversations with his inner circle of friends, the film unearths a stirring new perspective into Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence, and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968.
Paramount Network has I Am MLK Jr. from Derik Murray. It features interviews with key figures, ranging from history-changing civil rights-era activists such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, and Rev. Al Sharpton, to contemporary writers, activists and influencers in sports, entertainment and media such as Van Jones, Carmelo Anthony, Nick Cannon, Shaun King, Malcolm Jenkins and more.
The film is the latest from Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray, who has brought docs on JFK Jr, Muhammad Ali, Heath Ledger, Bruce Lee, and Paul Walker, coming this summer.
Watch the trailer below: