In Currents feature Her Socialist Smile and Main Slate selection MLK/FBI, veteran filmmakers John Gianvito and Sam Pollard interrogate cinematically the ways in which the intellectual and political contributions made by Helen Keller and Martin Luther King, Jr. to 20th-century progressive activism have been obscured or actively challenged across history. In a chat moderated by NYFF Main Slate selection committee member Rachel Rosen, Pollard and Gianvito came together to discuss their logistical, aesthetic, and political approaches to working with archives and the challenge of crafting art that resonates in the present moment while frankly reckoning with the untidy contours of the past.

Watch the conversation below, presented by HBO. Visit our NYFF58 playlist for more talks and Q&As.