William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, tells the story of one of the most famous and controversial lawyers of the 20th century. At the center of such cultural and political touchstone events as the defense of the Chicago 8, the Attica Prison riots, the standoff at Wounded Knee, and the Central Park jogger rape case, Kunstler represented accused terrorists and murderers as well as civil rights and anti-war activists. In Disturbing the Universe, the subject’s daughters and filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler explore their father’s life, from middle-class family man to movement lawyer, to the most hated lawyer in America, by confronting the world’s (and their own) changing perceptions of his work and his legacy. A question and answer session with directors Emily and Sarah Kunstler follows the film.

This film screens at 8 p.m., August 19 at the Chilmark Community Center; a part of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival’s Summer Film Series. Tickets are $6 for members and $12 for non-members. For details or to purchase tickets in advance, call 508-645-9599 or visit tmvff.org.