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"The Weather Underground" opens 8/22 at the Brattle (english)
16 Aug 2003
Modified: 18 Aug 2003
On Friday, 8/22, "The Weather Underground" opens at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. "TWU" is a new documentary about the 70s radicals who aspired to overthrow the U.S. government.

"A powerful, timely film." --Amy Goodman, DEMOCRACY NOW!
On Friday, 8/22, "The Weather Underground" opens at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. It's a new documentary by independent filmmakers Sam Green and Bill Siegel that explores the rise and fall of the infamous American radicals whose goal was to overthrow the U.S. government.

"The Weather Underground" is a riveting document of history and catalyst for discussion that presents portraits of young people who were compelled to "bring the war home."

Members of Fugazi--Ian MacKaye & Brendan Canty-- contributed to the film's score.

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The Brattle Theater
40 Brattle St.
Harvard Sq.
617.876.6837
www.brattlefilm.org
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THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND

Featuring: Bill Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Bernardine Dohrn, David Gilbert, Mark Rudd, Laura Whitehorn, Brian Flanagan, Naomi Jaffe and Todd Gitlin.

SYNOPSIS

"Hello, I'm going to read a declaration of a state of war...within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice."

--Bernardine Dohrn

Thirty years ago, with those words, a group of young American radicals announced their intention to overthrow the U.S. government. In THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, former Underground members, including Bernardine Dohrn, Bill
Ayers, Mark Rudd, David Gilbert and Brian Flanagan, speak publicly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the FBIís most wanted list.

Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the Ď70s--bombing targets across the country that they considered emblematic of the real violence that the U.S. was wreaking throughout the world. Ultimately, the groupís carefully organized clandestine network managed to successfully evade one of the largest manhunts in FBI history, yet the groupís members would reemerge to life in a country that was dramatically different than the one they had hoped their efforts would inspire.

Extensive archival material, including photographs, film footage and FBI documents are interwoven with modern-day interviews to trace the groupís path, from its pitched battles with police on Chicagoís streets, to its bombing of the U.S. Capitol, to its successful endeavor breaking acid-guru Timothy Leary out of prison. The film explores the Weathermen in the context
of other social movements of the time and features interviews with former members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Panthers. It also examines the U.S. governmentís suppression of dissent in the 1960s and 1970s. Looking back at their years underground, the former
members paint a compelling portrait of troubled times, revolutionary times, and the forces that drove their resistance.

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See also:
www.theweatherunderground.com
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Good Film! (english)
18 Aug 2003
Everyone should see this film. It's very informative and very good. I saw it at the Film Forum in New York about a month a go. Glad to hear it's coming to Boston.