Montgomery to Memphis


Black Cinema House and Chicago Film Archives present a film program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr..
Up is Down
Millie Goldsholl, 1969, Color, Sound, 16mm transfer, 6.5min

A short animated film that presents a study of an unconventional young boy who is temporarily persuaded to accept others’ viewpoints as his own.

King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis
Sidney Lumet & Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1970, 16mm transfer, 103min (shortened educational version)

A documentary following the civil rights and peace activism of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Compiled entirely from archival and news footage presented by famed celebrity narrators, it presents an overview of the public life of the human rights leader, through the various moments that exemplified his work. From the early bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955-56, to an extract from the last address he gave the night before he was killed. In the process it shows Dr. King as he grew from a young minister, to the international moral leader he had become at the time of his death. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and in 1999 was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.

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