American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

Director: David Ridgen, Nicolas Rossier Cast: Norman Finkelstein, Musa Abu-Hashhash
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American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
UPC: 0643519122193
Original Release: 2009
Source: Afd
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 90,337

Special Features

Theatrical Trailer; Deleted Scenes; Typecast Movie Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norman Finkelstein Participant
Musa Abu-Hashhash Participant
Nidal Barham Participant
Noam Chomsky Participant
Alan Dershowitz Participant
Richard Finkelstein Participant
Raul Hilberg Participant
David Olesker Participant
John Mearsheimer Participant
Len Rudner Participant
Avi Shlaim Participant
Maxine Tsvaigrach Participant

Technical Credits
David Ridgen Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Nicolas Rossier Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Cameron Clendaniel Co-producer,Editor
Eli Cohn Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Filippazzo Associate Producer
Judd Greenstein Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
1. Chapter 1 [5:25]
2. Chapter 2 [6:37]
3. Chapter 3 [7:53]
4. Chapter 4 [7:04]
5. Chapter 5 [7:34]
6. Chapter 6 [7:03]
7. Chapter 7 [6:19]
8. Chapter 8 [8:44]
9. Chapter 9 [8:33]
10. Chapter 10 [7:19]
11. Chapter 11 [9:33]
12. Chapter 12 [6:41]
13. Chapter 13 [:00]

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bassammaelborno More than 1 year ago
What a remarkable Being. Resolve such as this unequivocally emanates from a very deep seated sense of Humanity. He unwaveringly challenges with a banner of Morality and Ethics in one hand and Factual Truths in the other. Such a Noble individual, to stand against many of those within his own religious faith, knowing them to be Wrong. This can only be true Righteousness. Whether he is of Jewish faith or not, appears to be far less relevant to him than are his guiding Moral Values and Ethical Principles. His profound sense of Humanity was undoubtedly nurtured early in life by his mother and what she came away with, from her own persecution under the Nazis. Simply put, he is a true Rebel. Much has been written about the 'Humanity of the Rebel' thoughout history. Essentially, it is one who selflessly challenges Injustice, regardless. What makes him a Radical however, is not his message, but rather that he does little to self-preserve. So tenaciously commited, is he, to the message, that he has forsaken better judgment when it comes to his own personal needs. Unlike his mentor Chomsky who bucks the establishment from within, he does so from without, and hence, has found himself more ostracized, besieged, and assaulted. This has sadly brought him much personal sacrifice and pain, to say the least. Otherwise as a Rebel, he clearly has no interest in personal empowerment, as evidenced by his plight. He continually and steadfastly reiterates the Truthful Facts as they stand, allowing them to speak for themselves. He is such an extremely well-informed scholar that it has been virtually impossible for anyone to take him on based on the facts, whether in writing or in debate. He consistently attempts to remain intellectually focused and composed, not allowing anyone to derail him, nor deflect and escape his steel-trap mind. To his credit, he has been unwavering in his onslaught against Injustice, in spite of the many risks, hardships and obstacles before him. One can only hope, that in time, he will become more enlightened with regard to the need to effect change from within, however, even if so, it is likely too late, as he has found himself indeed a self-made pariah. Otherwise, he should continue in his noble pursuit of challenging Injustice, and hopefully without any additional peril to himself. Unfortunately, for this Rebel, as with others in history, their goal is never fully accomplished, for Injustice will forever be part of the Human Experience. As with all genuine rebels, he will be hailed and remembered long after he has gone.