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Wednesday  23rd  June 2021

10am, 2pm, 5pm, 7.30pm

Directed by Sharka King



126 mins

In March of 1968, J. Edgar Hoover issued a memorandum to the agents of COINTELPRO, a covert — and illegal — series of counterintelligence operations: “Prevent the rise of a ‘messiah’ who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement.”  Hoover’s directive went on to caution that Martin Luther King Jr “could be a very real contender for this position”.

This stirring and distressingly relevant docudrama depicts the rise and FBI-orchestrated fall of another, lesser-known Black civil rights leader, Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther. Unbeknownst to Hampton, there was a rat in the ranks because William O’Neal had been offered a plea deal by the FBI to infiltrate the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Hampton.

A powerful, and candidly sympathetic, political biography with contemporary relevance. –  Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Letting his talented cast lead the way, King has made a film centred on roiled emotions and relationships that are once fractured and loving. – Observer