In 1974, a teenage newspaper heiress and Berkeley undergrad was kidnapped at gunpoint from her apartment, setting off one of the most bizarre episodes in recent history. The kidnappers, completely off the map before Patty Hearst disappeared into the San Francisco night, were a small band of young, ferociously militant political radicals, dedicated to the rights of prisoners and the working class. They called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army. Over the course of about three years they robbed banks, senselessly killed two innocent people, instigated a firefight after attempting to shoplift a pair of socks, and, most famously, converted their hostage and victim. They also achieved an undeniably visionary manipulation of the media, inciting perhaps the first modern media frenzy. Presenting resonating questions about the role of the media in America--mouthpiece? Messenger? Truth seeker? --The ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies, and the proximity of madness to political ...Written by
Sujit R. Varma
to watch this documentary and not have clear answers. The documentary leaves you with a confusion answer, I guess if I'm understanding right that's what was left for people in the 60's and 70's and still today? And I'd say the confusion is what happened to Patty Hearst and what was the mindset of the SLA. Both things we don't see.. It's also hard to understand from the interview's what the Interviewers roles are in the TOTAL picture, this I think this can effectively be blamed on the documentary makers.
One thing this story does recant is human stupidity, which is a age old tale that is endless and never ceases and ironically re-occurs a lot.
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