by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
2009, 86 mins., DVD
In 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.
To his 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.
* Shortlisted for Best Documentary for the 83rd Academy Awards (2011)
* Nominated for the 42nd NAACP Vision Award for Outstanding Documentary (2011)
* Winner, Grand Jury Award for Best Feature from Patois, The New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival (2009)
* Honorable Mention, The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, Full Frame Documentary Festival (2009)
* Runner-up, The Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival (2009)
* Grand Jury Prize nominee, Sundance Film Festival (2009)
* Best in Fest, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (2009)
* Opening Night Film, Berkshire International Film Festival (2009)
* Closing Night Film, Marfa Film Festival (2009)