Out: The Making of a Revolutionary | Chicago Reader

Out: The Making of a Revolutionary

Sonja de Vries and Rhonda Collins's sympathetic video tells the story of political activist Laura Whitehorn, who spent 14 years in prison for detonating a bomb in Washington, D.C. An impassioned speaker, Whitehorn eloquently describes how her lesbianism made her feel excluded from “any recognized group,” eventually connecting her to “other people who were despised by the system.” Radicalized in the 60s, she lived in Chicago briefly, met Fred Hampton, and later participated in a series of bombings directed at “U.S. imperialism.” Collins and de Vries accept her claims too easily (she blames the sexism of white males for alienating women from the antiwar movement, when some of the most notorious sexist remarks came from black leaders), and one has to wonder about their labeling of serial bombers as “political prisoners.” 59 min.


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