The FBI’s War on Black America

Film. By Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller. 1990. 47 minutes.
Documentary of people targeted by the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) in the 1960s and 70s.

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1961, 1975
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights

fbi_war_black_americaThe FBI’s War on Black America is a documentary exploration of the lives and deaths of people targeted by the U.S. government’s COINTELPRO program, an FBI launched program aimed against organized efforts by African-Americans to gain rights guaranteed by our constitution. Includes both archival footage and contemporary interviews with people involved in the movement.

The FBI’s War on Black America offers a thought provoking look at a government-sanctioned conspiracy, the FBI’s counter intelligence program known as COINTELPRO. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960s and early 1970s. [Producers’ description.]

Co-produced and co-directed by Deb Ellis and Denis Meuller.

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