Gideon’s Army

Everyone deserves the best defense. They fight for it.

Three young, idealistic public defenders in the Deep South struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to ensure justice is served for the people society would rather forget. 


TThe Ford Foundation & HBO Documentary Films host a special screening of Gideon's Army

An HBO Documentary Film, Directed by Dawn Porter

This powerful film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the coveted award for best editing. The film follows young public defenders in the Deep South, where long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year.

HBO and The Ford Foundation’s Democracy, Rights and Justice program are hosting a special screening of the film with opening remarks from Attorney General Eric Holder. The screening will be followed by a discussion with a distinguished panel of experts. The panel will be led by NPR’s Ailsa Chang and include Gideon's Army director and producer Dawn Porter, Jonathan Rapping, founder and president of Gideon's Promise who is featured in the film, Norris Henderson, who spent 27 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit and now is now Executive Director of Voices of the Ex-Offenders, and Craig Watkins, Dallas County D.A.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Screening, followed by a panel discussion

5:00 p.m.
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F Streets NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

EVENT FULL - No additional RSVPs will be taken at this time.

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