On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminisced with two fellow Civil Rights leaders in his room at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis. With mounting assassination threats against him, King announced that while already 39-years-old, he did not expect to live to 40. Within the hour, his words rang true, as he and the Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles stepped onto the balcony outside Room 306, and a gunshot was fired across the way, killing him instantly. Nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2009 Academy Awards, The Witness recounts Kyles’ wonder over King’s final day. As Kyles says in the film, “You can kill the dreamer but you cannot…kill the dream.”