William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe

In the film “William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe,” filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. In the 1960s and 70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed ‘Chicago 8’ activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer.

The film will have one special screening on Thursday, January 21st at 7:30pm at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester. That night, the Cinema will also host Jack Hoffman, brother of late Worcester-born Chicago 8 defendant and Yippie icon, Abbie Hoffman. Hoffman will discuss Kunstler, the film, his life with Abbie and the Chicago 8 trial.

To Kunstler’s daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins. This powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that Kunstler fought for; it also reveals a man that even his own daughters did not always understand, a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family so that justice could serve all.

[NOTE: Interviews with Jack Hoffman and photos from the film are available upon request.]

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Robert Newton

Managing Director

The Cape Ann Community Cinema

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Gloucester, MA 01930

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