William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe Directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, 2009
“A magnificent profile of an irrepressible personality” Indiewire
In WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. In the 1960s and ‘70s, William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed “Chicago 8” activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer.
To his daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins. This powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that Kunstler fought for; it also reveals a man that even his own daughters did not always understand, a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family so that justice could serve all.
Shortlisted for a 2011 Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature.
Additional Interviews and Speeches by William Kunstler; William Kunstler’s Performance at Caroline’s Comedy Club; Kunstler Home Movies; Courtroom Audio and Archival Footage on the Chicago 8 Trial, Wounded Knee, and Attica; Interview with the Filmmakers; Theatrical Trailer
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival; Official Selection Full Frame Film Festival; Official Selection Woodstock Film Festival