American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2010)

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… More

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Release Date: February 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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Ronnie Scheib

David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier's docu on Norman Finkelstein, American Radical, promises to prove as controversial as the man himself.

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

While this may be straightforward, politically neutral, documentary filmmaking, its makers have chosen an incendiary subject who pisses most people off the moment he opens his mouth.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

While this tenure-challenged Middle Eastern studies professor is hardly pleasant cinematic company, it's tough to look away.

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice

"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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A well-balanced, important and timely documentary that's provocative and eye-opening regardless of whether or not you agree with Finkelstein's controversial arguments.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Kam Williams

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.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Even for those likely to be sympathetic to his point of view, Norman Finkelstein can be a difficult figure to embrace.

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John Ballantine
Free speech protects but does nor protect from public dismissal. Finkelstein does himself no favours as he pokes the bunny sufficiently to ensure professional… More