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"Disturbing the Universe" profiles life of infamous U.S. civil rights lawyer

posted 4 Dec 2010, 06:20 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 4 Dec 2010, 06:23 ]

Infamous U.S civil rights attorney William Kunstler is profiled by two of his daughters in the documentary "Disturbing the Universe," which is enjoying an Oscar buzz.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 3, 2010) REUTERS - Infamous U.S civil rights lawyer William Kunstler is profiled in the documentary "Disturbing the Universe."

The film, which was directed by his daughters Sarah and Emily, was recently placed on the "short list" of candidates for the documentary Oscar nominations. This group of potential Academy Award contenders

numbers 15 in total.

Sarah Kuntsler and her mother, Margaret Ratner Kunstler, attended the ceremony together.

Sarah talked about what she hopes the Oscar buzz now being generated for her film will do.

"Hopefully it means that more people will see our film. And, learn about how father, who was a radical civil rights lawyer.

Sarah summarized the film to reporters.

"The film is about our dad, who is basically the most hated and most loved lawyer in America at one time. He represented the Chicago Seven, and later in his life represented accused murderers and terrorists. And it's kind of about my sister and I coming to terms with his glory days and how he ended his career."

During his career, Kunstler fought to help end racism alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and represented a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters known as the Chicago Seven, who incited riots outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

According to the production notes, the title of the film is derived from a poem written by T.S. Eliot in 1910.