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I Am Rebel

I Am Rebel

  • Premiered: 
    June 5, 2016
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Biography
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

Using first-person interviews and re-creations, I AM REBEL is a one-hour series that chronicles outsiders who found their voices by rebelling against the status quo. Each story reveals the lightning bolts of change that can emerge from the fringes of counterculture, effecting change that reverberates through history. Each 60-minute episode of I AM REBEL centers on one individual and their unlikely impact on modern history, as told by their closest friends, confidants and often the people themselves:

Louis Moore, whose 1972 hijacking of Southern Airways Flight 49, in part in response to racially motivated threats made against him by police in Detroit, led directly to the requirement that airline passengers in the U.S. be screened by security

Weegee, New York's first crime scene photographer, whose work shined a light on organized crime at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars in New York and changed police tactics in the fight against those crimes

Alexander Shulgin, a chemist whose work popularized the use of MDMA for therapeutic uses before it hit the streets as a club drug. Today, MDMA is seen as doctor's greatest hope in treating PTSD.

Kevin Mitnick, the nation's first dark-side hacker, who used his "social engineering" skills to send the FBI on a cat-and-mouse chase and eventually became the government's greatest tool in understanding computer security.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Hypnotic
  • Produced by National Geographic Studios