Move over, Charles Manson. Step aside, underwear bomber. The most dangerous man in America might not be who you think. The opportunity to discover his identity arrives on Sunday, March 21, when Treasure Valley Community Television and The Flicks will join forces to bring an exclusive showing of 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and The Pentagon Papers. While the title might be cumbersome, the plot is a compelling piece of history that has essentially gone the way of the dinosaur.
Though not serial-killer dangerous, Daniel Ellsberg is the guy who decided that the government shouldn't be able to get away with lying to the public. With the help of his teenage kids, Ellsberg copied and then leaked a 7,000-page secret report, which detailed the United States government's conduct in the Vietnam War and its attempt to conceal said involvement.
Following the one-night-only movie viewing, a panel of local experts, including Todd Shallat from the Center for Idaho History and Politics at Boise State and the Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey, will lead a discussion of the circumstances surrounding Ellsberg's decision that ended his government career and led to a life of activism.
Carole Skinner from The Flicks speaks to the timeless relevance of the film, advising, "You always have to keep an eye on your government. You can't just blindly trust." Certainly makes one wonder where the modern-day Iraq War whistle-blowers are. Perhaps this documentary will inspire the next most dangerous man in America.
Sunday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., $11, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com.