Weather Underground

Published on 13th August 2017 by

A feature length 2002 American documentary about the rise and fall of a radical organization known as The Weatherman, which was later known as Weather Underground. The militant left wing organization was formed on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan and their plan was create a clandestine revolutionary party to overthrow the U.S. Government, one of their primary policies was objection to the Vietnam War. The group carried out a number of targeted bombings in the mid-70’s after declaring a State of War against the government.

The Weather Underground makes extensive use of archive footage of the groups activities as well as new interview footage with former members, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004. Interviewees include former leaders of the organisation Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, and other senior organisers for the group including Mark Rudd, Brian Flanagan, Naomi Jaffe, Laura Whitehorn, David Gilbert, Kathleen Cleaver, and Todd Gitlin.


In 2010 former Weather Underground activist Mark Rudd published a book, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, in which he writes about his activities and his seven years in hiding as a fugitive. It is available as a paperback or hardcover.

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