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October 17 and 24: Citizens Take On The FBI In Full Frame Screenings of “1971”

Film still from "1971."

Film still from “1971.”

Johanna Hamilton’s feature documentary 1971 will screen for free at Full Frame Theater on October 17 as part of Durham’s Third Friday and on October 24 as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Immediately following the October 24 screening, there will be a Q&A with film director Johanna Hamilton and film subject Betty Medsger.

The FBI was unaccountable and untouchable until 1971, when a group of ordinary citizens uncovered its illegal domestic spying programs. On March 8, 1971, The Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, as they called themselves, broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took every file, and shared them with the American public. These actions exposed COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal surveillance program that involved the intimidation of law-abiding Americans and helped lead to the country’s first Congressional investigation of U.S. intelligence agencies. Never caught, forty-three years later, these everyday Americans—parents, teachers and citizens—publicly reveal themselves for the first time and share their story in the documentary 1971. View trailer.

Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, Power Plant Building, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina

Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
William and Ida Friday Center, UNC Chapel Hill Campus
100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

For more information, including other upcoming Full Frame programming, click here. Note that while Full Frame Third Friday and Road Show screenings are free, all attendees must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite, available at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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