1971

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1971

Johanna Hamilton
USA, 2014
Documentaries, 79min, OF

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1971

Johanna Hamilton
USA, 2014
Documentaries, 79min, OF

Cast: 
Peter Gregus
Bill
Lauren A. Kennedy
Bonnie
Jonathan Joel Brennan
Bob
Rich Graff
John
Daniel S. Taylor
Keith
Dennis Brito
FBI-Agent
Screenplay: 
Johanna Hamilton
Gabriel Rhodes
Sound: 
Judy Karp
Mark Maloof
John Zecca
Nejc Poberaj
Camera: 
Kirsten Johnson
Andreas Burgess
Editor: 
Gabriel Rhodes
Composer: 
Philip Sheppard
Decoration: 
Markus Kirschner
Costume: 
Eniola Dawodu

Production: 
Big Mouth Productions, Fork Films, Motto Pictures, Candescent Films, Maximum Pictures, ITVS
World Sales: 
Cargo Films & Releasing
Format: 
DCP
Color

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.