The film depicts the three public defenders in an honest way that humanizes the difficulty and importance of what they do. You get to know who they are, what they do, and what motivates them.
This documentary is ahead of its time in that it highlights what history will consider one of the greatest civil rights struggles in modern United States history. And it does this while addressing the ethical difficulties of representing the accused.
Watch Gideon's Army. It is important that you know.
This is a fantastic film, and provides a much-needed view inside our broken criminal justice system. The three lawyers are fighting for their clients in the face of incredible and inequitable hardship, but in doing do so they are fighting for all of us. A system with all the resources on one side is a system that only works for half of us, and one which allows and encourages overreaching by the prosecution.
This film shows how incredibly hard it is to stand up to that sort of inequity, and speak for a better system and a better society.
A great view into the overworked and underpaid public defenders. Albeit they are representing a "criminal', not all are guilty and the lack of resources they have to work with does not allow an individuals right to due process. Reform is a must
Great, touching, and engaging documentary that shows how [unnecessarily] tough and heroic it is to be a public defender, especially in the Southern states where these stories are set. My 2 high school government classes were touched and fully engaged throughout the movie, just like those classes I showed it to over the past 2 years. People should know about these stories, and the circumstances facing PD's; it's a good companion piece with "the 13th".
This is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen and I have viewed many such films. It brought me to tears at numerous places. This documentary does what I believe only the very best documentaries do: it informs, it carries a powerful message, it inspires, it raises deep emotions and, most of all, it stays with you. It is a gift that keeps on giving. This is movie about heroes, unknown heroes. It is a film MADE by a hero. I congratulate and thank Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick and wish them MUCH success in their vital work (and much higher and richly deserved compensation!). I congratulate and thank the filmmaker, Dawn Porter, and wish her continued success in HER vital work. I wish good luck and blessings to the men and women represented by the public defenders in the film and all across our nation. This is a magnificent film. I am grateful beyond words for the privilege of having viewed it. All I can say is "thank you" to everyone who made it a reality.
This is an amazing documentary about the on going civil rights fight against the Federal and State governments programs of mass incarceration of primarily indigent minorities. This follows several Deep South public defenders who are overworked and underpaid, but fight on anyways because of their desire to fight the injustice. The fight is real and the struggle is on going. Watch this film and get involved!
A must see for everyone, especially our youth. It is a calling to become a public defender, and it is important to understand why they are there, and what they do to benefit not just those they defend, but society as a whole.