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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe: Discussion Guide

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In William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler try to make sense of their father’s journey from middle-class family man, to protest movement lawyer, to being both revered as a hero and reviled as the most hated lawyer in America. The feature-length (86-minute) documentary recalls landmark legal cases involving civil rights and anti-war activists, accused terrorists and murderers. Along the way, it raises significant questions about justice, democracy and dissent. This discussion guide helps groups and students talk about this exceptional film.

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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 22, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmakers: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Filmmaker Statement


Emily Kunstler
Emily Kunstler
Sarah Kunstler
Sarah Kunstler

While our father lived in front of news cameras, we found our place behind the lens. We hope our film communicates that the world we inherit is better because someone struggled for justice, and that those changes will survive only if we continue to fight.”

— Sarah Kunstler, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

This is a wonderful, inspiring film.”

— Howard Zinn

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.”

— Gary Goldstein,
The Los Angeles Times

A refresher course on the history of American left-wing politics in the 1960s and ’70s.”

— Stephen Holding,
The New York Times

The documentary is expertly put together and never less than compelling. It's a labor of love that helps restore the reputation of a significant player on the American stage in the last half of the 20th century.”

Hollywood Reporter

The film's point is clear. And for those looking for a straight answer, it's this: The bravest lawyer isn't the one who takes on the clients that allow him to feel good about himself. It's the one who takes on the clients that give us nightmares.”

— Michael O'Sullivan,
The Washington Post

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