During the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration, a group of white-bread, upper-middle-class college students took up guns and explosives to plot the violent overthrow of the United States government. Sam Green and Bill Siegal’s energetic and incendiary documentary, The Weather Underground, tracks the history of this radical political group, called the Weathermen, and examines the psychology and politics which led its members to commit countless acts of terrorist activism.
Through remarkable archival footage and interviews with members of the dissolved group, Green and Siegal follow the Weathermen from the group’s origins as an offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society to its planned activities, including the Kent State bombings, the exposure of COINTELPRO, and the liberation of Timothy Leary from prison. The film lays bare the mentality of the members to reveal how they rationalized killing Americans in domestic settings, what it was like to live in a parallel underground world, and how the isolation and invisibility of that life ultimately induced their surrender.
A cautionary tale for individuals and institutions in today’s volatile times, The Weather Underground is a provocative examination of American white privilege, governmental reaction to political revolution, and the ethical dangers of taking up arms even from the vantage point of a moral high ground. –Sundance Film Festival
Interesantísimo documental acerca de las acciones, tan cuestionables como legítimas, de este grupo de revolucionarios estadounidenses. La película gana puntos al ofrecer testimonios e informaciones, variados y ricos en matices, que le permiten a cada espectador llegar a su propia conclusión acerca de la validez o no de la violencia como medio de protesta ante las injusticias y las desigualdades del sistema.
Opened my eyes to a movement that was essentially good, but was corrupted by violence due to the public's failure to address the SDS.