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Indy firm presents film about civil rights lawyer

IL Staff
February 16, 2010
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An Indianapolis law firm will be among the hosts of a documentary screening about a controversial civil rights attorney, with a question-and-answer session with the firm's attorneys to follow.

Waples & Hanger, along with the Indianapolis International Film Festival and Indianapolis Museum of Art, will show "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Toby Theater at the museum. The documentary is about Kunstler, the late attorney who represented Martin Luther King Jr., the inmates in the Attica prison rebellion, and John Gotti, among others, as seen through his children's perspective. Filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler examine their father's life and transformation from a middle-class family man to a movement lawyer to the most hated lawyer in America.

An informal pre-screening conversation will be in the IMA lobby. Following the film, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis visiting professor Fran Quigley will moderate a question-and-answer session with Indianapolis attorneys Richard Waples and JauNae Hanger, who work in constitutional litigation, civil rights, and public policy reform.

Tickets may be purchased at the IMA ticket desk, online at http://www.imamuseum.org, or by calling (317) 955-2339. Visit http://www.disturbingtheuniverse.com/ for more information about the film.

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