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American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Typecast Releasing
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 84 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2009
Available in French: No

A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others.

Uncompromising even in the face of his recent denial of tenure at DePaul University, Finkelstein is revealed as a complex, politically isolated figure who puts the pursuit of justice above the safety of his academic career.

Exploring the difficult and deeply-felt issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a powerful voice among his impassioned critics and supporters.
 
“For us, Norman Finkelstein is the consummate documentary subject: a complex firebrand, principled to the end, at the apex of some of the world’s longest conflicts. He rarely appears in mainstream media, yet always ends up in controversies. Finkelstein’s life is about focus, through a prism of his upbringing by Holocaust survivors. The dogged, relentless pursuit of his principles and foes can both inspire and repel. At once agitator, comedian, and merciless scholar, Finkelstein creates as many storms as he enters. Few will go where he does—a Jew deliberately walking into Hizbollah headquarters, into a Palestinian refugee camp, or into a room filled with those who vehemently oppose his views to speak his mind. When radicals collide, does it create more understanding? Some would argue that it does. Others would claim that Finkelstein’s principled but too often bitter advocacy does much to discredit the cause of a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Audiences can decide for themselves.”  - directors David Ridgen & Nicolas Rossier
 


Awards:
Winner - Audience Choice Award - Chicago Underground Film Festival

Screened at:
Carleton Cinema Politica . Ottawa
Hot Docs Film Festival . Toronto
DOXA Documentary Film Festival . Vancouver