Gideon’s Army (image 1)

An eye-opening insight into a judicial hellhole world that ordinary citizens can never imagine.

Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Gideon’s Army 2013

Directed by Dawn Porter

The soldiers of Gideon’s Army, Dawn Porter’s stirring debut documentary, are public defenders, lawyers who dedicate themselves to representing the indigent, and regularly answering the question, 'How can you defend those people?’

USA In English
96 minutes Blu-ray

Director

Producers

Julie Goldman
,
Dawn Porter

Screenplay

Dawn Porter
,
Matthew Hamachek

Photography

Chris Hilleke
,
Patrick Sheehan

Editor

Matthew Hamachek

Sound

Patrick Sheehan
,
James Peterson
,
Wayne Reynolds

Music

Paul Brill

With

Travis Williams
,
Brandy Alexander
,
June Hardwick
,
Demontes Wright
,
Jonathan Rapping
,
Brett Willis
,
Sharon Lewis
,
Branden Mullin
,
Jacquise Welchel

Festivals

Sundance 2013

Awards

Editing Award (Documentary), Sundance Film Festival 2013

“The soldiers of Gideon’s Army, Dawn Porter’s stirring debut documentary, are public defenders – lawyers who dedicate themselves to representing the indigent, and regularly answering the question, ‘How can you defend those people?’ 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… Porter includes several Georgia and Mississippi lawyers… but the director’s main focus is on Georgia-based defenders Travis Williams and Brandy Alexander, both of whom handle well over 100 cases at any given time, constantly wrestling with a system skewed against them. They don’t pretend that all their clients are angels; one, whom Alexander spent an enormous amount of time trying to free, plotted to kill her in court if she lost his case. But their mission is equal justice under the law. And as Porter quite clearly points out, that is an increasingly elusive goal.” — John Anderson, Variety