Terror's Advocate

2007, Documentary, 2h 18m

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Terror's Advocate is a fascinating portrayal of a controversial political figure; both morally unsettling and emotionally gripping. Read critic reviews

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Jacques Verges, a lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla, defends war criminals and those who deny the validity of the Holocaust.

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  • Nov 13, 2012
    Someone has to defend them I suppose. Here is the tale of the man who defends the undefendable. A friend of Carlos the Jackal and Nazis etc. The question to be asked why anyone would seek to assist these individuals. While the film doesn't end up definitively answering those questions, it nonetheless gives us a portrait of a unique if not defendable individual.
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  • Oct 13, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]Once upon a time, Barbet Schroeder directed a movie called "Reversal of Fortune" starring Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver and Glenn Close about lawyer Alan Dershowitz appealing the attempted murder conviction of Claus von Bulow. At one point in the movie, Dershowitz remarks that the one thing they have going for them is that everbody hates von Bulow.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The point that all accused of a crime require someone to defend them no matter how despised they may be is also at the heart of Schroeder's latest film, "Terror's Advocate," a fascinating documentary about lawyer Jacques Verges who has defended a wide range of controversial people from Algerian terrorists to Klaus Barbie.(But he said he would only defend George Bush if he plead guilty.) Another question posed is how far a lawyer can go in defending his client and does Verges in fact cross that line by passing messages and materials between clients in prison, along with providing extralegal advice?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Verges has always been a supporter of anti-colonial and indepedence movements since Algeria in the 1950's but he is too fond of the high life to get his hands dirty. While some of these conflicts may be viewed as heroic conflicts, some rebels use methods that are simply reprehensible. Or in other words: the enemy of my enemy is not my friend. And I would like to take this space to point out that violence never solves anything.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]And how did they ever get Pol Pot to speak on camera?[/font]
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