The Weather Underground
Though it has been years in the making, the timing of this documentary portrait of the Weathermen -- college students who spent the '70s planting bombs and plotting revolution -- is uncanny. Watch the film, and it's impossible not to wonder what response the Weather- men's bombs might provoke today.
The documentary traces the Weathermen's violent opposition to the Vietnam War -- starting with breaking shop windows in Chicago in 1969 and escalating to the bombing of a U.S. Capitol lavatory in 1971. Aided by a superb array of archival news footage and present-day interviews with former Weathermen and one of the FBI agents who pursued them, the film captures the symbiotic relationship of the right- and left-wing political zealotry of the Vietnam era. The violence and racism of that war spurred the activists to splinter from the Students for a Democratic Society. But, equally true, the government and the media used the Weathermen's strikes to discredit the entire antiwar movement.