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Interview :: Human Rights : Media : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Interview with Bill Siegel, co-director of The Weather Underground documentary
13 Sep 2005
Interview with Bill Siegel, co-director and co-producer of The Weather Underground, the Oscar-nominated 2002 feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the F.B.I.'s most wanted list.
Interview with Bill Siegel, co-director and co-producer of The Weather Underground, the Oscar-nominated 2002 feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the F.B.I.'s most wanted list. We discuss who the Weathermen were and why he and Sam Green decided to do a documentary about them; how the former of the Weather Undergound members reacted when they found that a documentary was being made about them; who was the most reluctant but agreed to appear in the documentary; getting former F.B.I. agent Donald Strickland to appear in the documentary; the F.B.I.'s appreciation of the documentary; why radical groups like the Weather Underground and the Vietnam war are either glossed over or ignored entirely in high school history classs; looking back at the 60s with rose-tinted glasses; radical youth activism today; MoveOn.orgs involvement in the last election and Senator Kerry; the dangers of making a documentary of shining the light on the Weather Underground; the end of the 70s as a period of reconciliation; what he making the documentary; what members of the Weather Underground are doing today; his experiences working on previous documentaries; the concept of recoverable history; the next documentary he's working on which focuses on Muhammad Ali's activist life.

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