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~~The Weather Underground~~
(Academy Award nomimee for Best Documentary)

...with special guest Laura Whitehorn, former member of the Weather Underground

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"Hello, I? 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

"You don't need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows." -Bob Dylan


The Weather Underground is a 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 FBI's most wanted list.

rad.art is excited to be able to bring former Weather Underground member Laura Whitehorn, who will be speaking on being an artist in the Vietnam anti-war movement and during her years in prison. Art as political speech.


more on the Weather Underground documentary:

Thirty years ago, 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 FBIs 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 70s-bombing targets across the country that they considered emblematic of the real violence that the U.S. was wreaking throughout the world. Ultimately, the groups carefully organized clandestine network managed to successfully evade one of the largest manhunts in FBI history, yet the groups 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 groups path, from its pitched battles with police on Chicagos 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. governments 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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Added by radart on March 29, 2004