Aaron Sorkin's account of the US Department of Justice's indictment of the Chicago Seven for their purported involvement in the infamous 1968 Chicago riots landed on Netflix yesterday.
Released in participating cinemas earlier this month, Sorkin's timely endeavour - over a decade in the making - sees the DOJ plan to put eight counter-culture and anti-Vietnam War protesters away for crossing county lines with the intent to incite violence at the 1968 DNC debate.
Such was the drive to make an example of the activists, the then Attorney General threw Bobby Seale into the mix, despite the fact there was precious little evidence of his direct involvement. His main crime was being the co-founder of the Black Panthers.
While Sorkin's quippy script is an enjoyable romp and boasts an all-star cast, it mostly serves to highlight that little has changed since 1969 - unless you're deemed a "patriot" by the powers that be. On August 25 of this year, Kyle Rittenhouse crossed county lines (from Illinois into Kenosha, Wisconsin) to attend a BLM protest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Heavily armed, Rittenhouse allegedly killed two protestors before returning to Illinois. His extradition to Wisconsin has been delayed twice thus far. As the protestors chant at the beginning of The Trial of the Chicago 7: "The whole world is watching."
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