Gideon's Army (2013)
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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.
Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not.
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.
"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.
Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South.
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