Monday, June 22, 2009

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Screening by Rooftop Films/BAMcinemaFEST on Thursday, June 25: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler

Synopsis from the film's website:

In William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer.

In the 1960s and 70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., and represented activists protesting the Vietnam war. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or Native Americans 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 unpopular members of society: people accused of rape, terrorism, organized crime and cop killing.

Who was William Kunstler? Why did he choose the life he did? And where do his daughters fit into that choice?

Trailer is here—interview with Emily Kunstler and associate producer Tracy Bunting is below.

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