Gideon’s Army

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U.S., 2013, 93 min.

Nearly 50 years ago, the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright established the right to counsel, but “justice for all” is still not a reality for many indigent defendants. “Gideon’s Army” tells the stories of an inspiring trio of young public defenders – Brandy Alexander, Travis Williams, and June Hardwick – 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 (now known as Gideon’s Promise), they struggle against long hours, low pay, and staggering caseloads – challenges so daunting that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Describing “Gideon’s Army” as “a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack,” the New York Times concludes: “That’s all it needs to grab you by the throat.”

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Show Times
Sun, Nov 17th at 12:00pm

With subject Brandy Alexander.