“1971 details a break-in at the FBI offices in Media, Penn. in March ’71, in which eight activists stole bureau files and mailed them to press organizations. The files revealed a pattern of illegal infiltration and disruption of anti-war, black-power and women’s-liberation groups, exposing the abuses of Hoover’s bureau and identifying the incendiary Counter Intelligence Program, COINTEL-PRO, for the first time.
The revelations led to the first congressional investigation of the FBI, but the eight activists who staged the raid were never caught, and they never revealed themselves publicly until Hamilton’s film. Their story is both a cat-and-mouse thriller, told in well-handled reenactments, and an examination of the the abuses of government power that could hardly be timelier.”
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