The Weather Underground

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  92 min.
Release Date: October 22, 2003
DVD: May 25, 2004

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Cast: Billy Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Bernadine Dohrn, Brian Flanagan, David Gilbert, Todd Gitlin, Naomi Jaffe, Mark Rudd, Don Strickland, Laura Whitehorn, Lili Taylor

Synopsis

In October 1969 hundreds of young people, clad in football helmets and wielding lead pipes, marched through an upscale Chicago shopping district, destroying parked cars and smashing shop windows in their path.

This was the first demonstration of the Weather Underground's "Days of Rage." Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, the organization waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history.

Former Underground 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.

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.

Director: Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Studio: Shadow Distribution
Producer(s): Sam Green, Bill Siegel, Carrie Lozano
Official Site: www.upstatefilms.org/weather/

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