"The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306” premiered in the spring of 2008 during a daylong commemoration to Dr. King on the 40th anniversary of his death, which was held by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Nominated for a 2009 Academy Award® in the Best Documentary Short Subject category, the film has also been awarded Best Documentary Short at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2008 and the Cinema St. Louis International Film Festival.
About the film
On April 4,1968, the Revered Samuel “Billy” Kyles stood beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and bore witness to his brutal assassination. Through Rev. Kyles’ recollections of those fateful moments and the days leading up to them, “The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306” helps us remember why Dr. King made that fateful trip to Memphis, and takes us inside the last hours of his life. With moving testimony from civil rights luminaries such as Maxine Smith and Dr. Benjamin Hooks as well as other contemporaries of Dr. King, “The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306” is a poignant retelling of a crucial turning point in the civil rights movement and a vibrant reminder of Dr. King’s impact on the movement and our nation.
MoMA Film Trailer: The Witness (02:15)
For more information: http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/exhibitions.php?id=11979Screening on February 15, 2009, 4 p.m. as part of the Film exhibition Eighty-First Academy-Nominated Documentary ShortsThe Witness from the Balcony of Room 306. 2008. USA. Directed by Adam Pertofsky. Produced by Margaret Hyde. "The man standing with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated tells his story" (AMPAS). Rock Paper Scissors, Santa Monica, California. 32 min. Trailer courtesy of the filmmakers
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