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Gideon’s Army


Thu, May 2 7:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

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Fri, May 3 1:00 PM
Scotiabank 4

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Sun, May 5 2:00 PM
Hart House Theatre

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96 minutes | USA  | English  | International Premiere | Rating: PG

Travis, Brandy and June are the most appealing people with the toughest job in America. They are public defenders. Each carries the weight of more than 150 cases that read like a catalogue of misery. In spite of long hours, low pay and no social life, they manage to offer their clients their only hope. It’s tough when a client is guilty, but even tougher when an innocent client gets hard time from a judicial system that prioritizes expediency over justice, plea bargains over the fundamental right to a trial. Effectively matching the exhausting efforts of these exceptional people is the considerable craftsmanship demonstrated by first-time documentary director Dawn Porter and editor Matthew Hamachek. They’ve taken a story of heart and grit and turned it into a pearl of non-fiction filmmaking. Matthew Hamachek won the US Documentary Editing Award at Sundance for his work on this film. Merrie Whitmore

Dawn Porter

Julie Goldman
Summer Damon

Executive Producer(s)
Sheila Nevins

Chris Hilleke
Patrick Sheehan

Matthew Hamachek

Paul Brill

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