Genre: History Thriller Documentary
Director: Johanna Hamilton
Stars: Bonnie Raines John Raines Bob Williamson Keith Forsyth Bill Davidon Betty Medsger Terry Neist Athan Theoharis J. Edgar Hoover Sanford Ungar Benjamin C. Bradlee Katharine Graham George McGovern Bob Dole Richard Nixon
On March 8th, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA. Calling themselves the Citizens\' Commission to Investigate the FBI, they removed every file in the office. Mailed anonymously, the stolen documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence. The most significant revelation was COINTELPRO, a controversial, secret, illegal surveillance program overseen by lifelong Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI was unable to catch the burglars. Those responsible have never revealed their identities. Until now. For the first time the burglars have decided to speak about their actions. 1971 is their story, examining the consequences and implications of their actions - then and now.