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Gideon’s Army
USA | 2013 | 96 min | HD projection
documentary | section: New International Documentaries, Opening Night Selection!
Wisconsin Premiere

directed by: Dawn Porter
cinematography: Chris Hilleke
producer: Dawn Porter, Julie Goldman
music: Paul Brill
editor: Matthew Hamachek
Following a ruling from the 1963 Supreme Court Case Gideon vs. Wainwright, state courts are required to provide counsel for defendants unable to afford legal representation in court. Three public defenders from the Deep South tirelessly work to make this law of equality a reality. Director Dawn Porter presents three visionary lawyers, Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, struggling their way through long hours for low pay. While representing around 150 clients at a time, dealing with the pressures of not having a social life, and receiving the occasional death threats, Williams, Alexander, and Hardwick push their personal boundaries in an attempt for justice. Through the support of the Southern Public Defender Training center and each other, these attorneys boldly push forward in a profession that causes even the most dedicated to resign within their first year. The depiction of physical and emotional exhaustion combined with pure determination is unforgettable and inspiring. Winner, Editing Award: U.S. Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Director Dawn Porter scheduled to attend.

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