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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe -- Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. Following Kunstler from his early civil rights activism and representation of the "Chicago 8" to later controversial cases defending rapists and assa
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe -- William Kunstler was one of the most famous lawyers of the 20th century. The New York Times called him "the most hated and most loved lawyer in America." His clients included Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Phillip and Daniel Berrigan, Abbie Hoffman, H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Leonard Peltier. In Disturbing the Universe: Radical Lawyer William Kunstler, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore their father's life, from middle-class family man, to movement lawyer, to "the most hated lawyer in America."


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The story of controversial civil rights lawyer William Kunstler as told by his daughters.
William Kunstler was one of the most famous lawyers of the 20th century. The New York Times called him... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Good and loving memory of her father in his great days See more (5 total) »


Herman Badillo ... Himself (also archive footage)

Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Clyde Bellecourt ... Himself (also archive footage)
Daniel Berrigan ... Himself (also archive footage)
Julian Bond ... Himself

Jimmy Breslin ... Himself

Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself

Phil Donahue ... Himself (also archive footage)
Elizabeth M. Fink ... Herself
Fred Hampton ... Himself (archive footage)
Madonna Thunder Hawk ... Herself
Tom Hayden ... Himself (also archive footage)
Bruce Jackson ... Himself
Ronald Kuby ... Himself (as Ron Kuby)
Karin Kunstler Goldman ... Herself
William Kunstler ... Himself (archive footage)
Nancy Kurshan ... Herself
Gerald Lefcourt ... Himself
C. Vernon Mason ... Himself
Bill Means ... Himself
Michael Ratner ... Himself
M. Paul Redd ... Himself

Yusef Salaam ... Himself (also archive footage)

Bobby Seale ... Himself (also archive footage)
Barry Slotnick ... Himself
Michael Smith ... Himself
Lynne Stewart ... Herself
M. Wesley Swearingen ... Himself
Leonard Weinglass ... Himself (also archive footage)

Directed by
Emily Kunstler 
Sarah Kunstler 
Produced by
Tracy Bunting .... associate producer
Vanessa Hope .... executive producer (as Vanessa Wanger)
Susan Korda .... producer
Emily Kunstler .... producer
Sarah Kunstler .... producer
Andrew Lutsky .... associate producer
Jesse Moss .... producer
Socheata Poeuv .... consulting producer
Matt Ruskin .... consulting producer
Charles Vogl .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Shahzad Ismaily 
Cinematography by
Martina Radwan (co-cinematographer)
Brett Wiley 
Film Editing by
Emily Kunstler 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Matt Snedecor .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brick .... cinematographer: archive footage
Martina Radwan .... second director of photography
Animation Department
Jeremiah Dickey .... animator
Emily Hubley .... animator
Editorial Department
Stewart Griffin .... colorist
Ben Laffin .... on-line editor
Other crew
Joanna Arnow .... intern
David Magdael .... publicist
Angela Mak .... production counsel
Richard Brick .... thanks

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Good and loving memory of her father in his great days, 27 January 2016
Author: Ole Sandbaek Joergensen from Denmark

William Kunstler was a great lawyer and when I say was, it is because that is what the story/documentary tells us, it is told by his own daughter and she gives a really good and loving memory of her father in his great days.

But she also tells the story of a man that loves the lime-light and the attention that he was getting from the media. He loved his worked, maybe more then his family at times, and he was very passionate about standing up for his believes and the wrong-doing of those with power towards the ones they could oppress.

It is interesting to watch this media person and how he uses the media and court room like a theater and spins them in his direction.

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