Bill Kuntsler was a radical civil rights lawyer in the 6o’s and 70’s. He fought with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He defended the Chicago Eight, the inmates from the Attica Prison riots, and defendants from the American Indian Movement who protested at Wounded Knee.
Later in life he began defending rapists, murderers, and terrorists, including those charged with the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. He risked the outrage of the public and his closest colleagues and friends. He risked the safety of his family. He said believed in justice. He said he believed that all white people, including his daughters, are racist because we are blind to the depth of our own prejudice and that as long as there is prejudice there can be no such thing as a fair trial. His own daughters did not understand him and his choices. This is their film. It is indeed powerful.
AND, though William Kuntsler: Disturbing the Universe was shown on PBS a few weeks ago, you can watch it NOW on the P.O.V. website. I’m not sure how long it will be available online. I encourage you to watch it soon. This is a complicated story about a complicated man. It is well worth your time.