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"Though riven with self-doubt and under threat of death, Dr. King nevertheless challenged America to live up to its own ideals," writes Black World Cinema curator Floyd Webb, who's screening John Akomfrah's documentary Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream on Thursday 1/7.
"The film examines King's evolving radicalization through his moral opposition to the Vietnam War, delving into areas of American foreign policy that few black civil right leaders dared to challenge."
A cofounder of the Black Audio Film Collective, the Ghana-born Akomfrah directed his 1997 documentary, originally subtitled "Days of Hope" for the BBC series Reputations.
Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dreamm screens Thursday 1/7 at 7 PM at Chatham 14, 210 W. 87th St. It's free.