"Revolutionaries are freaks." And as this documentary about self professed "freaks" proves, they are the retarded brainwashed liberal frankenidiots who are easily triggered by racial identity politics and class guilt. They protested the Vietnam War which I agree was totally unjust, but they continued to bomb, steal etc after the war. These are SJWs of today, George Soros' mindless manipulated pawns of the NWO.
Well-researched and briskly paced, this doc gives a sympathetic view of the 70s radical terrorist group. Those who chose to talk to the filmmakers are understandably reluctant to go into details of their actions. 30+ years after their involvement the regrets are many. They regret the lives they damaged, but also their own naivete and lack of success. The unanswered question at the center of the film, who funded them?
solid, standard-style documentary. (how many use that same vertical panning shot of endless napalm dropping on Vietnam?) it's actually pretty impressive how swiftly, methodically, and (relatively) successfully the organization switched from anarchistic violence to nonviolent building bombings. they were far from perfect—and perhaps not as effective as they'd hoped—but i still admire them.
This American film does a great job showing who The Weather Underground is and what they were truly capable of. These people used acts of violence such as bombings and rioting in the streets to protest the war overseas. Sam Green and Bill Siegel do an awesome job of combining videos, photographs and interviews to show what took place during the civil rights movement.
A really compelling documentary about the radical offshoot of the SDS responsible for a series of bombings of public buildings and for breaking Timothy Leary out of prison and smuggling him to Algiers. Timely viewing since American society seems to be heading back towards a time where extreme political division creates groups like this.
Good doc that cleared up the disordered history in my mind. I have seen films that conflate the Weather Underground with SDS. SDS existed for almost a decade as an enormous non-violent student org, long before the Weathermen group emerged. In films there's also a conflation of the Black LIberation Army with SDS & the Weathermen. Only the BLA was responsible for the murders of police and bodyguard during a robbery.
What starts out almost too slowly as a deliberately tedious recounting of misguided idealism and romantic rebellious youth creating their own inevitable and pathetic undoing blooms into a deeply provocative exploration of revolutionary tactics versus social contracts, dissection of national temperament, individualism versus freedom, as well as the unbearable heaviness of one's past.
artfully made, nuanced, detailed, fascinating. to paraphrase one of the interviewees: if you think you have "the moral high ground," you're capable of doing horrible things. i love how the film invites you to apply that idea both to the united states' actions in vietnam as well as to the weather underground's violent acts of resistance.
Watched this for the second time (first in a Berkeley history class). People who think documentary films are supposed to convey the facts rather than partisan sympathies will not think much of this nice little document about a time that is about as foreign as it comes.