The Weather Underground

“You dont need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” — Bob Dylan,
“Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Year: 2003
Country: USA
Running time: 92 mins
USA
Photography: Andrew Black, Federico Salsano
Editors: Sam Green, Dawn Logsdon
Music: Dave Cerf, Amy Domingues
Narrators: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z
B&W and Colour

Festivals: Sundance 2003, Golden Gate Award, Best Documentary, San Francisco Film Festival 2003
“In October 1969, several hundred activists wearing football helmets and carrying baseball bats and lead pipes, wreaked mayhem for 48 hours, starting on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, hoping to prompt a revolution against the Vietnam War and racism. A core group went underground, and battled the US government, notably breaking Timothy Leary out of prison and bombing a range of federal facilities. (It prompted one of the largest FBI manhunts in history, which the group evaded for years.)… This feature-length, painstaking chronology, filled with interviews from former members, FBI agents, and adversarial former colleagues such as historian Todd Gitlin, turns out to be more topical today than the filmmakers could ever imagined it would be, with the parameters of protest against a potential, unpopular war once again under discussion… an impressively sturdy documentary about a difficult-to-master slice of American history, [this] is a sweet rebuke to the narcissism-as-entertainment wing of contemporary doc-making.” – Ray Pride, indieWIRE.

“The Weathermen’s restless madness touched on something basic: the necessity for people to proclaim their beliefs. They dared to challenge: ‘White youth must choose sides now. You’re either one of the oppressed or one of the oppressors.’ That only sounds simple; it’s a complicated truism you’ll never hear from Eminem.” — Armond White, New York Press