Gideon's Army (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Gideon's Army
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.
Audience Reviews for Gideon's Army
A wonderful documentary about a very important topic. Director Nyree Dawn Porter really cares about her subjects, and chooses to give us a human story rather than just focus on the bigger issues. Like any good "true story" the characters are at the forefront, and the issue of the documentary becomes clear as we care about the people involved. It's so much easier to care about an issue when you're emotionally invested in the lives of people who are affected by the issue. This is what Porter does so effectively in Gideon's Army, and it's a film everyone in America should see.
An inside look at public defenders. It will give you a newfound respect for these hardworking professionals.
Extremely well produced and directed documentary about public defenders in the Deep South. They have really opened up and you see just why they stay with the job. I was extremely moved.
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