Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sundance Films: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Title: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Director: Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
Potential Major Release Date: No known release dates beyond Sundance

Summary: Filmmakers Sarah and Emily Kunstler delve into the life of their father, William Kunstler, whose controversial career and high-profile clients solidified his place in history as one of the most famous -- and reviled -- 20th-century lawyers. The documentary captures a deeply personal journey as the sisters trace their father's shift from representing civil rights activists to defending accused rapists, Mafia bosses and terrorists (NetFlix).

Thoughts: I like everything about this film except that Sarah and Emily Kunstler are behind it. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against them and they’ve more than proven their talents on previous films. What I fear is this is going to be more like a biased research paper instead of an inward reflection. If it were these two filmmakers and daughters of one of the most controversial lawyers in history commenting on their experiences and their journey to discover who their father is, I’m all for it! But, if it’s just them telling the world why they’re complex, but ultimately positive view of their father is right, then I’m less interested.

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