I recently borrowed a DVD on the Black Panthers and now the Weather Underground DVD which was the militant arm of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). Both groups were active around the same time (late 1960s) and the WU advocated bringing the War Home (the Vietnam War) by utilizing violence to emphasize their mission/purpose. This DVD interviews several former members of the group – some have regrets and are ashamed of their activities, while others still believe a revolution needs to happen, others remain in prison. Watching this, they come across very naive and rather stupid (to me) but most of them were teenagers/young adults at the time. Their activities did not make any impact on the war, they murdered innocent people and willfully destroyed property (with bombs) without care or concern. As one former member says “we believed we had the morale highground - but so did Hitler, Stalin and Mao." It is a good companion DVD to the Black Panther DVD to see another group/side of the anti-war anti-repression agenda.
Directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel and originally released in 2003, this 92-minute documentary tells the story of an underground revolutionary movement and violent protest against the States.
The award-winning film interweaves extensive archival material with modern-day interviews to explore the incredible story of the underground revolutinary group.
As former members reflect candidly about the idealistic passion, they paint a compelling portrait of troubled times with striking connections to the current world situation.
It is quite touching that one of the members says, "Violence doesn't work."
Excellent documentary about the Weather Underground, then and now. Also contains clips from the SDS and the Black Panthers. Good film to watch if you were not around in the '60s. If you were around then, it is accurate of the era.
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