William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009)

“Dad was always emotional when he spoke about what was done to Bobby Seale in that Chicago courtroom. Years later, he was still ashamed that he stood there while a black man sat in chains. ” – Emily Kunstler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and work of Defense Attorney William Kunstler made by his own daughter.

My Take on it – This is a unique documentary because it was made by the daughter of the famous protagonist.

William Kunstler changed the path of his life and family when he became a defense attorney for human rights and spent more time with his clients than with his family.

Despite this, his daughter decided to make a documentary about his life and passion while also showing his personal side the whole way through.

The film’s story is told from a great perspective that adds to things and helps keep it all more powerful because the viewer can see how layered it all is due to the feelings of missed opportunities that his family have felt.

The film does a nice job going in to the various details of a number of his most high profile cases and explain the various controversies and feeling that we felt during each of them both by Kunstler himself, by those around him and obviously how it affected his estranged family over and over.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kunstler’s defense of the Chicago Seven from 1969 to 1970 led The New York Times to label him “the country’s most controversial and, perhaps, its best-known lawyer”. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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