King in the Wilderness

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King in the Wilderness
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Directed byPeter Kunhardt
Produced by
Music bySaul Simon MacWilliams
CinematographyClair Popkin
Edited by
  • Steven J. Golliday
  • Maya Mumma
Kunhardt Films
Distributed byHBO
Release date
  • April 2, 2018 (2018-04-02)
CountryUnited States

King in the Wilderness is an American documentary film about Martin Luther King Jr. that premiered on April 2, 2018 on HBO, focusing on the final 18 months of his life leading up to his assassination on April 4, 1968 with some never-before-seen footage of interviews with some of those closest to him interspersed with historical archives during a period of his life when, in addition to upsetting both President Lyndon Johnson and the FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as well as numerous other opposition groups, and despite his own self-doubts as King was literally staring death in the face, he refused to back away from the civil rights challenges of his times.[2][3][4]

King in the Wilderness won an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary at the 40th News and Documentary Emmy Awards.[5][6]

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  2. ^ "Exclusive: Watch the trailer for HBO's MLK documentary 'King in the Wilderness'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  3. ^ "'King in the Wilderness': Film Review | Sundance 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. ^ Hale, Andreas. "HBO's Documentary King in the Wilderness Is a Chilling Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final 18 Months on Earth". The Root. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  5. ^ "NOMINEES FOR THE 40th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED – The Emmys". Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  6. ^ "Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary - News & Documentary Emmys: 2019 Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-04-17.

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