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A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others. Uncompromising even in the face of his denial of tenure at DePaul University, Finkelstein is revealed as a complex, politically isolated figure who puts the pursuit of justice above the security of his academic career. Exploring the difficult and deeply-felt issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a powerful voice among his impassioned critics and supporters.
"For us, Norman Finkelstein is the consummate documentary subject: a complex firebrand, principled to the end, at the apex of some of the world's longest conflicts. He rarely appears in mainstream media, yet always ends up in controversies. Finkelstein's life is about focus, through a prism of his upbringing by Holocaust survivors. The dogged, relentless pursuit of his principles and foes can both inspire and repel. At once agitator, comedian, and merciless scholar, Finkelstein creates as many storms as he enters. Few will go where he does a Jew deliberately walking into Hezbollah headquarters, into a Palestinian refugee camp, or into a room filled with those who vehemently oppose his views to speak his mind. When radicals collide, does it create more understanding? Some would argue that it does. Others would claim that Finkelstein's principled but too often bitter advocacy does much to discredit the cause of a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Audiences can decide for themselves."
- Directors David Ridgen & Nicolas Rossier
American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein' is a cautiously respectful documentary portrait of a political firebrand who presents himself as a beacon of moral truth in the murk of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. --New York Times
Surprisingly entertaining...a compelling portrait of a difficult man. --The Jewish Daily Forward
Top Customer Reviews
How rare is that in documentaries?
Its very brave to be so bold and stand up for what you believe in, even when it costs you dearly...
That is completely respectable in my book, definitely turned me into a fan of this man.
Essential viewing for an objective view of the conflict, and it sends a strong, inspiring message for anyone wishing to uncover the truth. It certainly doesn't shy away from controversy, but the subject matter is handled with respect, as it includes commentary from both Finkelstein's advocates and opponents, including Alan Dershowitz (author of The Case for Israel). Simply a must for anyone who's ever needed inspiration to stand up for what they believe in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick bio of Finkelstein, an outspoken Jew with bones to pick in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and an overview of the troubles spawned by his controversial stances. Read morePublished 7 months ago by drqshadow
Always stimulating to listen to Mr Finkelstein. Clear, consistent,and un-intimidated, even fearless!Published 12 months ago by bob lewis
I can only repeat the praises of the other reviews. This is a very good documentary. Norman Finkelstein's personality is depicted with subtlety. Read morePublished 16 months ago by German Reader
In the limited time of a documentary, this film presents beautifully the fascinating personality of a Jewish man whose life has been guided by courage and principles, instead of... Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Curatica
What bravery it is to go against the grain. Norman has done that and paid the price. Just like it was said that only Nixon could have gone to China then only someone like Norman... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Bideford
This documentary follows Norman Finkelstein on various college speaking engagements after the success of his book The Holocaust Industry. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Ian
It is a known fact that Chomsky and Finkelstein are kept isolated by the academia, together with a number of other antisemitic Jews. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Jaysonrex
After watching this film I was moved to tears ( not crocodile tears either). Aside from Dr. Finkelstein's passion and drive, his demeanor and ability to laugh off an angry mob, I... Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Maryann C
What a remarkable Being.
Resolve such as this unequivocally emanates from a very deep seated sense of Humanity. Read more