Movies And Specials: 'Gideon's Army'

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Synopsis:
An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it received an editing award, this documentary follows idealistic young public defenders in the deep south who face particularly difficult challenges due to high bonds, mandatory minimum sentencing and a culture that is traditionally "tough on crime." Despite low pay, long hours and staggering caseloads, these young professionals, with the help of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC), take on the job in the name of public service. Directed by Dawn Porter. (Courtesy HBO, 2013)