Tri-City Independent Documentary Series
A monthly series of films that will open your eyes to what's right under your nose.
Admission always is free, and wheelchair accessible.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Niles Discovery Church
255 H Street, Fremont, (at H and 3rd)
Due to changes at Niles Discovery Church, this will be the final film this year. We expect the series to resume in 2015.
The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Will Matthews of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Gideon's Army follows the personal stories of 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 their mentor - 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?
An official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Gideon's Army was awarded the editing prize at the festival.