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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe2009

  • 4.3
Filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer, in WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE. In the 1960s and '70s, William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed "Chicago 8" activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. To his daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins. This powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that Kunstler fought for; it also reveals a man that even his own daughters did not always understand, a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family so that justice could serve all.

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This is a must see excellent film. William Kunstler is someone we should all know about. Fascinating arc to his life. His daughter's created such an honest portrayal of their father.

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This is a must see excellent film. William Kunstler is someone we should all know about. Fascinating arc to his life. His daughter's created such an honest portrayal of their father.

2 members like this review

I can't imagine a better film to view at the beginning of the era of the preposterous Trump. This brilliant film by William Kunstler's two daughters is echoes Thomas Paine's indispensable cry, "These are the times that try men's [and women's] souls." Join Fandor if you need to but don't fail to see this film that so honors the human recognition of justice itself.

Highly recommended. The life of this fascinating man should be taught in schools .....#CivilRights #AntiWar .......#Attica ... #WoundedKnee .......and his controversial cases.