A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others. Exploring the deeply complex issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, AMERICAN RADICAL is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a voice among his impassioned critics and supporters. Uncompromising even in the face of his recent denial of tenure at DePaul University, Finkelstein is revealed as a complex and supremely lonely figure whose self-destructive nature often undermines his academic credibility. A guaranteed argument starter, this potent documentary plunges viewers into the psychological and intellectual underpinnings of a vitriolic personality.
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- Awards & Accolades
- Audience Choice Award Chicago Underground Film Festival 2010
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WE LACK PEOPLE OF THE SAME CONVICTION .HE'S our DOCTOR KING OF THESE TIMES.
And we all know what happened to him in the end.
This documentary provides a thorough, intimate look into the life of one of America's most prolific critics of Israel, Norm Finkelstein. The film walks viewers through both the academic career and personal life of Mr. Finkelstein, drawing on numerous interviews from both his critics and supporters. It is an honest, up-close glance at a man whose passionate views have garnered him both praise and recognition, as well as ostracism, from the academic community. This was an outstanding documentary!
An engaging, considered portrait of this provocative scholar. I enjoy how the film contrasts Norman's rock star tours and reception with his own personal feelings of guilt and self doubt. The film certainly gives both his promoters and his detractors plenty of ammunition..