American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein Image

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  • Summary: American Radical is the probing documentary portrait of American academic and activist Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of Israeli and US Mid-East policies and author of six provocative books–including The Holocaust Industry, Beyond Chutzpah and the soon-to-be-released A Farewell to Israel: The Coming Break-Up of American Zionism, Finkelstein has been at the center of many intractable controversies. Called a lunatic and a self-hating Jew by some and an inspirational, street-fighting revolutionary by others, Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure whose struggles arise from core questions about freedom, identity and nationhood. Following him as he presents his message to audiences around the globe, American Radical provides an intimate portrait of the man behind the controversy, giving voice to Finkelstein’s critics as well as his supporters. (Typecast Releasing) Expand
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  1. His own worst enemy, Finkelstein has both trouble and tragic writ large on his brow.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    For some, the documentary will represent the endorsement of a self-hater spouting traitorous ideas; for others, it celebrates the courage of a reviled, truth-telling martyr to the cause of academic freedom.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    American Radical shows--albeit with great reluctance--how a formidable intellect partnered with an absolutist disposition can get you absolutely nowhere.
  4. Because it is a film, American Radical can only begin to sketch the complicated historical and political debates that engage Mr. Finkelstein and his detractors, but it allows both sides to make their cases.
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  1. Dec 5, 2013
    A fascinating documentary giving a look into the mind of a polarizing figure Professor Norman Finkelstein a man with a brilliant mind who is willing to defy the most powerful organizations and his community for his own unpopular intellectual convictions. Expand

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