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An engaging portrait of an academic whose work is both fueled and undermined by his vitriolic personality.
While this tenure-challenged Middle Eastern studies professor is hardly pleasant cinematic company, it's tough to look away.
A cautiously respectful documentary portrait of a political firebrand who presents himself as a beacon of moral truth in the murk of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier's docu on Norman Finkelstein, American Radical, promises to prove as controversial as the man himself.
"American radical" may be a misnomer for an intellectual whose life, thought, and rhetoric have been forcefully shaped by a mother whose concentration-camp experience turned her into a fiery booster for every available underdog.
Paints an empathetic picture of a passionate Palestinian apologist as a loony loudmouth whose rants deserve respect if only because virtually all of his relatives were exterminated in the Holocaust.
While this may be straightforward, politically neutral, documentary filmmaking, its makers have chosen an incendiary subject who pisses most people off the moment he opens his mouth.
A well-balanced, important and timely documentary that's provocative and eye-opening regardless of whether or not you agree with Finkelstein's controversial arguments.
Even for those likely to be sympathetic to his point of view, Norman Finkelstein can be a difficult figure to embrace.
Outstanding documentary on a modern prophet denouncing the crimes of Israel who is punished for telling the truth.
Free speech protects but does nor protect from public dismissal. Finkelstein does himself no favours as he pokes the bunny sufficiently to ensure professional demise.
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