Martin Luther King Jr. Documentary Rare Screening + Argentinean Political Thriller 'Lamb of God' to Open Rotterdam

Martin Luther King Jr. documentary King: A Filmed Record Montgomery to Memphis rare showKing: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis with Martin Luther King Jr. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be screening a rare “pristine print” of the hard-to-find 1970 Martin Luther King Jr. documentary King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis at the Academy Theater in New York City. King, which consists solely of newsreels and other period footage – including the complete “I Have a Dream” speech – was originally presented as a one-time event across the United States, to support the Martin Luther King Jr. Special Fund.

Academy screening 'pristine' print of rare Martin Luther King Jr. documentary 'King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis'

Assembled by producer Ely Landau (Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Madwoman of Chaillot) and associate producer Richard Kaplan, the hard-to-find 1970 Martin Luther King Jr. documentary King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” monthly series. King will have a special afternoon presentation on Monday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City.

Richard Kaplan, whose credits (as a director) include the documentaries The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965) and A Look at Liv (1979; about Liv Ullmann), will be in attendance for a pre-screening discussion.

Best Documentary Feature Oscar nominee + star-studded dramatic readings

In its 80-year history, only three Academy Awards ceremonies have been postponed. One of these postponements occurred after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. Nearly two years later, on March 24, 1970, King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis premiered as a one-time screening event to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Special Fund.

Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category, the three-hour film consists solely of newsreel and other period footage, from the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott of 1955 through King's assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.

King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis uses no narration, relying instead on Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and on dramatic readings by the likes of Joanne WoodwardPaul Newman, Diahann Carroll, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Ben Gazzara, Burt Lancaster, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Leslie Uggams, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III, and, before becoming the Hollywood idol of the American Far Right, Charlton Heston.

Four-time Best Director nominee Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, 1957; Dog Day Afternoon, 1975; Network, 1976; The Verdict, 1982) and two-time Best Director Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives, 1949; All About Eve, 1950) handled the reading sequences. John Carter and Lora Hays were the documentary's credited editors.

Pristine rare print

In later years, King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis was shortened for television broadcasts and a videocassette release. The “Monday Nights with Oscar” screening will feature a rare print of the original full-length theatrical version – reportedly in pristine condition – from the Academy Film Archive collection.

Tickets for the Martin Luther King Jr. documentary are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased in person on the afternoon of the screening. The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.

'Lamb of God': Argentinean political thriller to open International Film Festival Rotterdam

The 2008 International Film Festival Rotterdam, which runs Jan. 23–Feb. 3, has announced the 15 films vying for the VPRO Tiger Awards. All entries at the festival are either feature film debuts or sophomore efforts.

As its opening night gala, Film Festival Rotterdam will present the world premiere of Lucía Cedrón's narrative feature film debut Lamb of God / Cordero de Dios, about the kidnapping of an elderly man during Argentina's catastrophic economic crisis of 2002. The man's predicament forces his exiled daughter to return to Buenos Aires and confront her family's past, which also involves a late 1970s kidnapping for political reasons.

According to Lucía Cedrón, Lamb of God is a “work of fiction that is related to things that happened to me. Even though the story is totally fictitious, the subject matter is something that is very close, deep, and painful.”

Lamb of God Mercedes Morán: Real-life-inspired Argentinean political thrillerLamb of God with Mercedes Morán. Inspired by personal real-life events, Lucía Cedrón's Argentinean political thriller Lamb of God / Cordero de Dios will open this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam. The filmmaker is the daughter of another filmmaker, Jorge Cedrón, whose handful of film credits include the clandestinely shot narrative feature Operación masacre (1973) and the documentary Tango (1979). Having been forced to flee Argentina, then under military rule, Cedrón was murdered on June 1, 1980, in Paris.

The murder of Jorge Cedrón

Jorge Cedrón, Lucía's father, was the director of the clandestinely shot 1973 political thriller Operación Masacre (“Operation Massacre”), about the state-sponsored 1956 massacre of civilian supporters of a counter-military coup in Argentina. In September of the previous year, a military coup had deposed Juan Perón.

Cedrón was murdered – officially, he committed suicide by stabbing himself in the heart – in 1980 in Paris, to where he had fled with his family following Argentina's 1976 right-wing military coup, which overthrew Perón's widow, Isabel Perón.

Lamb of God stars Mercedes Morán, Jorge Marrale, Leonora Balcarce, Malena Solda, Juan Minujín, and Ariana Morini.

Based on Rodolfo Walsh's novel, Operación Masacre features Marta Albanese, future Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Norma Aleandro (Gaby: A True Story, 1987), Carlos Carella, Víctor Laplace, Ana María Picchio, Walter Vidarte, Julio Troxler, and Enrique Alonso. Walsh, a renowned Argentinean journalist, was murdered in 1977.

Rotterdam's Tiger Awards

Below is the list of the 2008 International Film Festival Rotterdam feature and short film entries, including several world premieres (e.g., Go with Peace JamilLas MeninasShanghai Trance) and international/European premieres (e.g., Fujian BlueThe King of Ping PongStrizh).

The International Film Festival Rotterdam VPRO Tiger Awards are worth 15,000 euros (approximately US$22,070) for each of the three top features and 3,000 euros (approx. US$4,410) for the short film winners.

VPRO Tiger Awards Feature Film Competition

  • Eat, for This Is My Body / Mange, ceci est mon corps, Michelange Quay (France / Haiti).
  • Flower in the Pocket, Liew Seng Tat (Malaysia).
  • Fujian Blue / Jin bi hui huang, Wemg Shou-ming (China).
  • Go with Peace Jamil / Ma salama Jamil, Omar Shargawi (Denmark).
  • The King of Ping Pong / Ping-pongkingen, Jens Jonsson (Sweden).
  • Lamb of God / Cordero de Dios, Lucía Cedrón (Argentina).
  • Las Meninas, Igor Podolchak & Dean Karr (Ukraine).
  • Shanghai Trance, David Verbeek (The Netherlands).
  • The Sky, the Earth and the Rain / El cielo, la tierra y la lluvia, José Luis Torres Leiva (Chile).
  • Strizh, Abai Kulbai (Kazakhstan).
  • Tale 52 / Istoria 52, Alexiou Alexis (Greece).
  • Waltz in Starlight / Hoshikageno Waltz, Shingo Wakagi (Japan).
  • Wellness by Jake Mahaffy (U.S.).
  • Wonderful Town, Aditya Assarat (Thailand).
  • Years When I Was a Child Outside / Taon noong ako 'y anak sa labas, John Torres (The Philippines).

VPRO Tiger Awards' Short Film Competition

  • 27,000 Days, Naveen Singh (U.S.).
  • 5 Walks, Anna Abrahams (The Netherlands).
  • The Adventure, Mike Brune (U.S.).
  • Ah, Liberty!, Ben Rivers (U.K.).
  • Allen Ginsberg Gives Great Head, X'Ho (Singapore).
  • As I Lay Dying, Ho Yuhang (Malaysia).
  • Batbox/Beatbox, Jani Ruscica (Finland).
  • Dear Bill Gates, Sarah Christman (U.S.).
  • Elements of Nothing, Makino Takashi (Japan).
  • Foggy Mountains Break Down More Than Non Foggy Mountains, Jessie Stead (U.S.).
  • Half Teaspoon / Setengah sendok the, Ifa Isfansyah (Indonesia).
  • Launch, Brian Doyle (U.S.).
  • Loud _Things, Telcosystems (The Netherlands).
  • Minot, North Dakota, Angelika Brudniak & Cynthia Madanski (U.S.).
  • Mosaik mécanique, Norbert Pfaffenbichler (Austria).
  • Nook & Cranny, Francien van Everdingen (The Netherlands).
  • Observando el cielo, Jeanne Liotta (U.S.).
  • The Rocket, Uruphong Raksasad (Thailand).
  • Sketch Film #5, Tomonari Nishikawa (U.S.).
  • Vertigo Rush, Johann Lurf (Austria).


Academy Film Archive website.

Lucía Cedrón's quote via La Argentinidad … Al Palo.

Martin Luther King Jr. King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis image: Maron Films.

Mercedes Morán Lamb of God / Cordero de Dios image: Alfa Films.

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  1. william batten

    I saw this documentary on tv when i was a little boy. I hardly remember it, but I knew it was very educational. Me and my brothers watched with my mom and this is something we would like to watch with our kids. All other documentaries fail in comparison. How can I get a dvd or vhs of this film. It is not showed on tv anymore. We have been searching for years to find it with no luck.