Gideon’s Army

In Conversation

  • Mridula Raman is a capital-defense lawyer and the interim deputy director of the Death Penalty Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Winner of the award for Best Documentary Editing at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Gideon’s Army is named after the 1963 Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright, which ruled that in felony cases, those who are accused and cannot afford a lawyer must be provided one. The film focuses on Black public defenders Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, working against the odds to uphold the law in Southern states. “In this study of exceptional grace under extreme pressure, a trio of public defenders makes considerable personal sacrifices to shield their indigent clients from the full weight of the judicial system” (Deadline Hollywood).

Kate MacKay
  • Chris Hilleke
  • Patrick Sheehan
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 95 mins
  • Third World Newsreel

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