Watch The Trailer For HBO’s ‘King In The Wilderness’ With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
HBO newest documentary titled King In The Wilderness chronicles the last few years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life before his assassination.
After earning rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, HBO picked up the rights to Peter Kunhardt’s King In The Wilderness documentary. And today, the cable juggernaut has decided to share the newest trailer for the Dr. Martin Luther Jr.-starring project. For those who don’t know, this film, which is set to be released two days before the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, is about the last few years of King’s life and his conflictions about his impact after the Voting Acts Right of 1965.
In King In The Wilderness, Dr. King faces an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. On one hand, the growing Black Power movement saw King’s nonviolence as weakness and were more in favor of the “by any means necessary” approach of Malcolm X. On the other hand, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Voting Acts Right of 1965, saw King’s anti-Vietnam War speeches as “irresponsible”.
King’s fervent and passionate belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos. Peter Kunhardt (who also directed the Emmy-winning film Jim: The James Foley Story) frames King as a conflicted leader who is facing sudden doom, while the movement he helped to spearhead was also on the verge of ending. King In The Wilderness also features in-depth interviews with Rep. John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Jesse Jackson, Joan Baez and Andrew Young — men and women who were all a part of MLK’s inner circle.
Watch the trailer for King In The Wilderness below and circle Monday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. EST as when you can see this documentary on your TV screens.