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Nominated for an Academy Award in 2003, this documentary tells about a group of idealistic yet violent activists who aimed to overthrow the US government in the 1960s and ’70s, some of whom were among FBI’s ten most wanted criminals. Today, a few remain in prison. Some died at the time and others hold prominent positions in society today, which reveals our very uneven justice system. Bernadine Dohrn was a clinical assoc. professor and director at Northwestern University. Bill Ayers, married to Dohrn, is a former professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mark Rudd taught at a junior college in New Mexico. Naomi Jaffe was recently Executive Director of a foundation for women in Albany, NY.

The Weather Underground: Define Documentary Film?

BUT the human mind is not a film which registers once and for all each impression that comes through its shutters and lenses. The human mind is endlessly and persistently creative. The pictures fade or combine, are sharpened here, condensed there, as we make them more completely our own. They do not lie inert upon the surface of the mind, but are reworked by the poetic faculty into a personal expression of ourselves. We distribute the emphasis and participate in the action.
—Lippman (1921)

The Worst of times

Some of us may remember the times, and maybe even some of the events, recounted in this film. It was a time of terrible unrest, yet I venture to guess that most will remember the Martin Luther King assassination Continue reading The Weather Underground: Define Documentary Film?