Gideon's Army


Gideon's Army

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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 give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice for all" a reality? Official selection 2013 Sundance Film Festival, winner Editing Award: US Documentary. An HBO Documentary Films presentation. Produced by Trilogy Films in association with Motto Pictures with funding provided by the Ford Foundation. (c) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Gideon's Army

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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.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Full Review…

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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.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5
  • Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South.

    Jun 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Compelling insight into the staggering pressures faced by court-appointed public defenders.

    Jan 24, 2013 | Full Review…

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