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POV: William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe

Airs Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Kunstler (right) at a New York City rally to protest the deaths of 40 inmates at Attica State Prison, 1971. Holding the speaker horn is Charles Kenyatta, former bodyguard of Malcolm X.

Kunstler In His Own Words

William Kunstler talks about the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, the Black Panther Party, the right to self defense and much more in these recordings from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"Disturbing The Universe" examines the life of radical attorney William Kunstler from a surprising angle. Kunstler’s two daughters from his second marriage grew up lionizing a man already famous for his historic civil rights and anti-war cases. Then, in their teens, they began to be disillusioned by a stubborn man who continued representing some of the most reviled defendants in America — this time, accused rapists and terrorists.

In this intimate biography, Emily and Sarah Kunstler seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America. This film was an official selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. "William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe will be available for online viewing from June 23 through September 21, 2010.

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Video Excerpt: POV: William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe

Above: In this clip from "William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe," prisoners at Attica Correctional Facility seized control of the prison on September 9th, 1971. The prisoners took hostages and demanded better living conditions. Radical attorney William Kunstler was called in to negotiate on behalf of the prisoners.

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