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Gideon's Army

Gideon's Army (2013)

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Gideon's Army follows Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan "Rap" Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center, they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often

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For all the harrowing truth here, about race and poverty and justice, the film is brisk and tight, alive with everyday detail and flashes of humor.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Like the film itself, Porter's handful of devoted, charismatic attorneys do a righteous job of reminding people that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and that the criminal justice system seems otherwise disposed.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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"Gideon's Army" is a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That's all it needs to grab you by the throat.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Compelling insight into the staggering pressures faced by court-appointed public defenders.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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While both the structure and most of the content of Gideon's Army are familiar, it does raise a few issues often left out of similar issues docs. One is the fact that many of the defendants are in fact guilty...

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
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If Gideon's Army underscores anything it's that the right to counsel is being following in America by the letter of the law, but not the spirit.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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The [public defenders'] personal stories turn out to be every bit as challenging as those of their clients, and their personal investment every bit as crucial.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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