In this Web-exclusive extended interview, filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler talk about their film, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, which examines the life of their father, a civil rights lawyer who described himself as a "radical" attorney. The filmmakers talk about Kunstler's career, the role he believed that good storytelling plays in the courtroom, and how making the film helped them to understand him better as a complicated person whose decisions they didn't always agree with growing up. They also discuss their father's legacy and how it has affected their own careers as filmmaker and lawyer/filmmaker.
This episode of The Open Mind features host, historian and Rutgers University professor, Richard D. Heffner, in conversation with attorney William Kunstler, the subject of William Kunstler, Disturbing the Universe, in 1994.
Kunstler talks about what he sees as the "terrible myth" of organized society and the justice system, which he believes governments throughout history have used to put people to death with an "aura of legality."
Forty years ago the prisoners at New York's Attica Correctional Facility seized control of the prison. They took hostages and demanded better living conditions. See what happened in this clip from William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe.