Kino Lorber supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We stand firmly with those protesting police violence and against white supremacy.
As an independent distributor, Kino Lorber recognizes the power of film to effect change. While widespread documentation by camera phones and social media is unique to recent protests, the filming of revolutions is not new and there is much to be learned about our present situation by looking to the past. For that reason, we are offering free streaming of the Oscar-nominated documentary King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis during the month of June. Made exactly 50 years ago, this vital document captures and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and depicts Black people’s battle against brutality and oppression, serving as an urgent reminder that racist violence is woven into our national history. This painful past continues to echo with the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.
Kino Lorber is committed to an anti-racist media and an economically just film industry that supports diverse voices. We recognize many barriers to entry exist to starting a career in independent film and media. Therefore, we are establishing and shaping a new Kino College Ambassador Program open to students of color nationwide who will be mentored by our teams in distribution, publicity, marketing, education, and sales. There is deep racial injustice within our industry and Kino Lorber, as one of its long-time gatekeepers, cannot deny being part of the problem. Though a small company, we aspire to contribute meaningfully to impactful change by taking a hard look at our own hiring and advancement practices, recognizing that we need more inclusive representation within our own ranks.
Kino Lorber will also be donating to Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, National Bailout, and other organizations focused on racial justice on an ongoing basis, and we encourage others to do the same. First and foremost, we need to accelerate change by confronting pervasive racism in our own industry, and we are committed to doing so.
Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by heartfelt testimonials by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
King was originally presented as a one-night-only special event on March 20, 1970, at an epic length of more than three hours (plus intermission). Since that time, the film has occasionally been circulated in a version shortened by more than an hour. Newly restored by the Library of Congress, in association with Richard Kaplan, and utilizing film elements provided by The Museum of Modern Art, the original version of King can again be seen in its entirety, mastered in HD from the 35mm preservation negative.
Admitted to the National Film Registry in 1999, King is a cinematic national treasure that allows viewers to be first-hand witnesses to Dr. King's crusade, and thereby gain a fuller appreciation of both the personal challenges he endured and the vast cultural legacy he left behind.
"Perhaps the most important film documentary ever made."
– The Philadelphia Bulletin
"A piece of history of immense power."
– The Los Angeles Times
"Stunning... the events are allowed to speak for themselves."
– The New York Times
"When [young people] see this film, they will not only understand it, but will also experience it to the depths of their souls."
– The Washington Daily News