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American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2010)

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Jewish-American Professor Norman Finkelstein vocalizes his criticism of Israeli policy and his views about what he refers to as the "Holocaust industry" in this documentary from filmmakers Nicolas Rossier and David Ridgen. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Finkelstein makes the controversial claim that the state of Israel uses anti-Semitism as a justification for committing war crimes, and that this troubling trend can be traced back to the Jewish state's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. The film also takes the time to show how Professor Finkelstein's claims have landed him in the hot spot more than a few times, and resulted in the termination of his position at two prominent universities. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

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An engaging portrait of an academic whose work is both fueled and undermined by his vitriolic personality.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
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While this tenure-challenged Middle Eastern studies professor is hardly pleasant cinematic company, it's tough to look away.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2010
New York Times
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David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier's docu on Norman Finkelstein, American Radical, promises to prove as controversial as the man himself.

Full Review… | February 10, 2010
Variety
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"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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2010
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2010
NewsBlaze

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Chris Ducat
Chris Ducat
½

A distinct and informative documentary that uses Finkelstein’s passions to explore the ghost of history, the tribalism of academia, and the consequences of free speech.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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