The Weather Underground
First screened in November 2004
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Director: Sam Green. Documentary. Profile of American antiwar activists and social-justice crusaders from the 1960s and 1970s who went into hiding after their controversial bombings of federal buildings and public institutions. Interview subjects include Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayres, Brian Flanagan, Mark Rudd, Naomi Jaffe, Laura Whitehorn, David Gilbert, Todd Gitlin, Kathleen Cleaver, Don Strickland. Voice-overs by Lili Taylor and Pamela Z.

Twitter Capsule: The rare talking-head documentary that hits every target it aims for. Tangles powerfully with tough ideas.

VOR:   Despite the renaissance of popular, politically pointed documentaries, we're rarely asked to contemplate violent protest as an option. Fills an aporia in a national dialogue.

Photo © 2002 The Free History Project,
© 2003 Shadow Distribution

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Documentary Feature

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