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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.


*Official Selection Sundance Film Festival
*Official Selection Full Frame Film Festival
*Official Selection Woodstock Film Festival

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The most hated and most loved lawyer in America. --The New York Times

A magnificent profile of an irrepressible personality --Indiewire

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  • Directors: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthouse Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZTQV98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" on IMDb

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Eberhardt on May 12, 2010
Format: DVD
An excellent movie- my only question- did Kunstler have a previous marriage with children? What happened there? Otherwise, having met Bill myself and agreeing with all of his causes, with only a couple of exceptions- (1st trade center bombing for example), I felt saddened by the fact that here a unique and rare lawyer is portrayed. Think of this- what is the golden law? it is- "them with the gold writes the laws!" This movie portays Kunstler in the best/most known trials of radicals thru the 60's and 70's. It shows what his family had to endure. We can be thankful that K existed as long as he did, bercause in many other countries he would have been killed right away. The U.S. stifles progressive lawyers in its other way- offering up such inducements as money and giving progressive lawyers no recognition or prominence or jailing them. In a country with a right of center Supreme Court- one is happy to see Bill winnning before the highest court in the land. The film ends with a speech by K in which he exposes a system that cloaks itslef in the so called "respectability" of the law. But was Jesus killed legally?, he asks-Yes, is his answer? . He posits the possibility that through history more innocent individuals have been killed by courts than by criminals.
Hopefully more such films will be made. We need them in a country where this viewpoint, this perspective is kept very, very quiet by the powers that be.
Daughters, Sarah and Emily have given us a wonderful memorial to a wonderful man. Should be shown in all law schools.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Clare Bruff-Graves on February 3, 2010
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This is a fascinating, engaging, and balanced portrait of the civil rights attorney William Kunstler. The film documents Mr. Kunstler's life and career from his military service during WWII to his early years practicing law in Westchester County to his transformation into a leading civil rights figure and his eventual career as a criminal defense attorney in NYC. Made by his two daughters, the film also tells the story of both the challenges and the inspiration that resulted from growing up with Mr. Kunstler as a father. The filmmakers are not uncritical of their father and don't hesitate to question the motives behind some of Mr. Kunstler's decisions.

The film includes interviews with an impressive cast of individuals who knew Mr. Kunstler or were involved with the cases he argued. These include well known figures Jimmy Breslin, Bobby Seale, and Julian Bond, among others, and lesser known figures including a juror from the Chicago Conspiracy trial and an Attica prison guard. The filmmakers also make excellent use of archival footage and photographs, both from mainstream media and from Mr. Kunstler's personal life.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone interested in civil rights history, activism, and American justice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CDaniels on May 26, 2010
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This is a great documentary, especially for people already interested in Kunstler and/or the law and/or recent American history. As for his last few cases, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, the directors and narrators, seem to have trouble understanding why he represented some of the people he did. People like associates of the Gambino crime family and El-Sayyid Nosair, the assassin of the late Jewish leader Rabbi Meir Kahane. It may have something to do with love of law, or love of truth or some other high ideals. But I would guess that he also felt that the whole legal system was faulty and corrupt, and that these high profile cases could reveal the system's problems and deficiencies. In a way, maybe he continued the defiant "legal theater" of the Chicago Seven trial, only in a less shocking, more conventional manner. I'm just guessing, but this documentary seems to be missing something about the man and his ultimate motivations, and it's a bit frustrating. Maybe I'm asking too much to expect the daughters to neatly wrap up the story of their father's innermost thoughts, but I would have preferred that they got closer to the truth than is revealed in the documentary. I'm certainly still thinking about it, and that seems to be one of the aims of this film. Not the last word on Kunstler, though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Millen on February 3, 2010
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Distrubing the Universe documents the life of William Kunstler . Written and directed by the daughters Kunstler, it is both personal and asks us to not only remember and preserve the past but to also use this example to think about what to do now. It is entertaining in the best sense and deeply moving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on February 7, 2011
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Don't let the fact that the documentary "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" was produced, written and directed by his two daughters, Emily and Sarah, lead you to assume that this is just some reflexive puff-piece on the man and his life. Indeed, with a scrupulous desire for balance and fairness, the filmmakers acknowledge the controversial nature of their father and his work, while at the same time evincing the love and affection any daughters would feel for a devoted parent. In fact, they even admit that, as youngsters, the sisters often disagreed with the types of cases he was willing to take on and the types of people he was willing to defend (gang-rapists, assassins, Islamic terrorists), and often lived in fear for their own safety due to those choices. But with maturity comes the longer view, and now the Kunstler girls are able to appreciate more fully their father`s unwavering belief that true justice can be achieved only when it applies to everyone equally - those we love and admire as well as those we hate and fear.

Kunstler was, of course, the civil rights attorney who became a household name when he served as lead counsel for the Chicago 7 in the late 1960s, an act for which he served several months in prison on charges of "contempt of court," a sentence that was later overturned. But it was this trial - and the obviously unjust way in which the defendants were treated (especially Bobby Seale) - that forever "radicalized" Kunstler, making him see the American legal system as a racist machine hell bent on discriminating against minorities and the poor and those who lacked favor in the eyes of society.
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