This stunning, award-winning documentary chronicles the final, harrowing chapters of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. “A searing film because it takes Martin Luther King Jr. down from the mountaintop. You glimpse the real glory of who he was: not a walking monument but a human being with fear, humor, guts, and (amazing) grace under pressure,” writes Owen Gleiberman in Variety. The extraordinary documentary reveals King during the conflicted time between the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 and his assassination in 1968. During those years, he faced great tension, stress and strain as he encountered an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. King faced criticism from the Black Power movement, which saw his resolutely nonviolent stance as weak and ineffective, as well as the anger of President Lyndon B. Johnson over King’s vocal opposition to the Vietnam War — especially when King linked systemic racism domestically with immoral U.S. deeds overseas. Documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt examines those final years, in which King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for him and for the nation. The 111-minute film won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary after it aired on HBO. The film is rated TV-14. The Woodstock screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments will be served. Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute $10 per person. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Woodstock Jewish Congregation
1682 Glasco Turnpike

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