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*The Weather Underground* opens 7/25 in SF

A sharp new documentary about the 70s radicals who attempted to overthrow the U.S. government opens in San Francisco at the Castro Theater on 7/25
On Friday, 7/25, THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND opens at The Castro Theater in San
Francisco. It's a new documentary by independent filmmakers Sam Green
(SF-based) and Bill Siegel that explores the rise and fall of the infamous
American radicals whose goal was to overthrow the U.S. government.

This film is riveting-- as a piece of filmmaking, an historical document and
as a catalyst for discussion. THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND presents portraits of
young people who were compelled to "bring the war home."

The Castro Theater
Castro Street at Market
July 25 - August 7

shows daily at 7:00, 9:15
Sat, Sunday, and Wed.: 1:00, 3:00,
5:00, 7:00, 9:15


Featuring: Bill Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Bernardine Dohrn, David Gilbert,
Mark Rudd, Laura Whitehorn, Brian Flanagan, Naomi Jaffe and Todd Gitlin.


"Hello, I'm going to read a declaration of a state of war...within the next
14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice."

--Bernardine Dohrn

Thirty years ago, with those words, a group of young American radicals
announced their intention to overthrow the U.S. government. In THE WEATHER
UNDERGROUND, former Underground members, including Bernardine Dohrn, Bill
Ayers, Mark Rudd, David Gilbert and Brian Flanagan, speak publicly about the
idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the
trajectory that placed them on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground
waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the
‘70s--bombing targets across the country that they considered emblematic of
the real violence that the U.S. was wreaking throughout the world.
Ultimately, the group’s carefully organized clandestine network managed to
successfully evade one of the largest manhunts in FBI history, yet the
group’s members would reemerge to life in a country that was dramatically
different than the one they had hoped their efforts would inspire.

Extensive archival material, including photographs, film footage and FBI
documents are interwoven with modern-day interviews to trace the group’s
path, from its pitched battles with police on Chicago’s streets, to its
bombing of the U.S. Capitol, to its successful endeavor breaking acid-guru
Timothy Leary out of prison. The film explores the Weathermen in the context
of other social movements of the time and features interviews with former
members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black
Panthers. It also examines the U.S. government’s suppression of dissent in
the 1960s and 1970s. Looking back at their years underground, the former
members paint a compelling portrait of troubled times, revolutionary times,
and the forces that drove their resistance.


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