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Documentary
Dir: Charlie Siskel
2016 / 80 mins
18+
Australian Premiere
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Cast: WILLIAM POWELL

American Anarchist

In 1970, William Powell wanted to help build a new society by teaching how to blow up the old one.

As the heady days of the late 60’s counterculture and political upheaval turned darker, Powell, at age 19, wrote one of the most infamous books ever published: The Anarchist Cookbook. Part manifesto and part bomb-making manual, it sold over 2 million copies.

Since then, The Cookbook has been associated with decades of violent anti-government attacks, bombings, school shootings and homegrown domestic terrorism.

Recently passing away, Powell was a man haunted by his own creation, struggling to make sense of the damage it has done. He spends his days traversing the globe, reaching out to kids with special needs - ironically, the same kinds of kids who in some cases have turned to violence and the Cookbook for guidance with their troubles.

American Anarchist tells a cautionary tale of youthful rebellion and unforeseen consequences, a universal, all-too-human story of a man at the end of his life wrestling with his past, his identity, and coming to terms with who he really is.

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