Filmmakers’ Controversy: Their Dad

The New York Times reports on Emily and Sarah Kunstler’s documentary film:

For the Kunstler girls, who often joined their father for these meals, living with such a lightning rod of an individual was an intense but decidedly mixed blessing. As much as they came to admire their father’s political passions, especially as they grew older, theirs was hardly a typical or an easy childhood. Mr. Kunstler’s causes ranged from the widely admired (the Berrigan brothers) to the roundly condemned (the Mafia chief John Gotti). F.B.I. agents stationed themselves across the street from the family’s house; demonstrators from the Jewish Defense Organization picketed.

Now the daughters have captured their father’s long and tumultuous career, along with glimpses of what it was like to be part of this unusual family, in the documentary “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe.” The title comes from the T. S. Eliot poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” one of their father’s favorites.