The life of the great American lawyer and advocate for the political underdog, William Kunstler.
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Credited cast:
Herman Badillo Herman Badillo ... Self
Harry Belafonte ... Self
Clyde Bellecourt Clyde Bellecourt ... Self
Daniel Berrigan Daniel Berrigan ... Self
Julian Bond ... Self
Jimmy Breslin ... Self
Alan Dershowitz ... Self (as Alan M. Dershowitz)
Phil Donahue ... Self
Elizabeth M. Fink Elizabeth M. Fink ... Self
Fred Hampton ... Self (archive footage)
Madonna Thunder Hawk Madonna Thunder Hawk ... Self
Tom Hayden ... Self
Bruce Jackson Bruce Jackson ... Self
Ron Kuby ... Self
Karin Kunstler Goldman Karin Kunstler Goldman ... Self


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." Written by Anonymous

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The story of controversial civil rights lawyer William Kunstler as told by his daughters.




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A film to see for anyone who gives a damn about justice for the oppressed
19 December 2009 | by williammessingSee all my reviews

This film by Kunstler's daughters Emily and Sarah, is a wonderful memorial to their father. Kunstler, along with Noam Chomsky Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Huey P. Newton, was one of the twentieth century's giants in terms of fighting for the rights of those oppressed. To give recognition to Sam Melville and all the other martyrs of Attica, to give thanks to the Estate of Nicholas Ray, to give recognition to those who led the insurrection at Wounded Knee, seems to me already sufficient justification for this film. Joris Ivens would have been happy to have made this film, as he clearly would have recognized Kunstler's importance. A magnificent film. Power to the People!

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November 2009 (USA) See more »

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