American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2010)
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Critic Reviews for American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
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.
Audience Reviews for American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
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.
Ends on a rather sour note (Finkelstein out of the academic field and generally bitter about his personal arc of life) but a remarkable portrait about a man who has constantly stood up against the orthodox views of entire countries.
A distinct and informative documentary that uses Finkelsteinâ€™s passions to explore the ghost of history, the tribalism of academia, and the consequences of free speech.
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