William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Emily Kunstler & Sarah Kunstler
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In William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 28
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A refresher course on the history of American left-wing politics in the 1960s and '70s.
Fresh: Leading the defense in the 1969-70 trial of the Chicago Seven, William Kunstler became a radical and a celebrity, and this vivid documentary captures how those two facets of his life worked together in morally urgent and contradictory ways.
Fresh: Terrific archival footage from a range of seminal civil rights events, as well as affecting narration written by Sarah Kunstler and spoken by Emily Kunstler (who also edited the film), round out this superior documentary.
Rotten: A thoughtful, clear-eyed look at the life and career of Kunstler, the New York attorney who was famous, and infamous, for standing up for his liberal ideals even for clients who might have been morally objectionable.
A great movie about a great lawyer
This movie is a must see for students of the sixties. It features the life and times of one of the greatest and most controversial lawyers of that time. It is not an homage but a realistic view of his life and times.
Saw this at Sundance
Cool story told well. Def worth it.