The Weather Underground


Dir. Sam Green & Bill Siegel (2002).
Sam Green and Bill Siegel’s documentary vividly evokes the particular quality and extent of the madness that possessed many young, idealistic Americans during the course of the longest foreign war in the nation’s history. Despite the filmmakers’ unwillingness to ask their subjects any tough questions and a coy disinclination to discuss how the Weather Underground managed to function, this often-gripping account of Vietnam-era terrorists makes present what the French call a mentalité—a unifying state of mind that characterizes a social formation over an extended period of time.

Sat., May 1, 7:30 p.m., 2010