Gideon's Army Wins Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize
The Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize seeks to recognize a documentary that
defends the public interest, advances or promotes social justice, or
illuminates a more just vision of society.
GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy
Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders 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
so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year.
Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs.
Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous
lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and
make “justice for all” a reality?
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