(out of 5)
In the late sixties, the nation payed close attention to the activities of the Student Democratic Society, a large network of university and college students who were vehemently against the Vietnam War and openly vocal about their objections. Militant members of the group split off to form their own faction, The Weather Underground, specializing in violent demonstrations of their dissatisfaction with the Nixon government and its foreign policies. Their idea, as they put it, was to bring all the terror that the country was inflicting elsewhere in the world right back to America’s own backyard. This insightful, probing documentary does a terrific job of getting into the lives of several members of the group and interviewing them about their dreams, desires, actions and consequential lives from the point of their involvement with the SDS/Weather Underground to the present day. Using lots of stock footage, great personal testimonies and Lili Taylor‘s narration, we get a three-dimensional view into a time when the youth of America exercised their right to question their government before decades of corporate haze muted objecting voices everywhere. Makes a great companion piece to the even better documentary The War At Home.
Production Design by Janet Raugust
Film Festivals: Sundance 2003
Academy Award Nomination
Best Documentary (Feature) (Sam Green, Bill Siegel)
Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary (Sam Green, Bill Siegel)