The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

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This excellent documentary explores aspects of terrorism in America some 35 years ago. At the height of the Vietnam War, radical students formed The Weathermen, who took their name from the Bob Dylan song ("You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows").

In October 1969, as news of the My Lai massacre was filtering through and in the wake of the riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, the Weathermen staged their first Day of Rage, attacking an up-scale Chicago district. The members of this group were well-educated, white middle-class 20-year-olds - and after a series of bombings and attempted bombings, they went underground.

This important film features interviews with some of the surviving Weathermen, among them leaders Bernadette Dohrn and Mark Rudd, as well as showing very graphic film clips and stills of the violent era that nurtured them. In a timely fashion, it also poses the question: is terrorism ever justified?

 

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1 hour 32 min
In Cinemas 01 January 2002,

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