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Chilmark, Ma
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The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival is more than movies. They produce community events, educational programs, and films that spark discussion, debate, and action. They screen films year-round in Chilmark, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs.

Gideon's Army


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Online sales for Wednesday screening are closed, but you can still order tickets online for
Thursday, August 22

In person:
MVFF Office - 9 State Road, Chilmark  
Island Entertainment - 395 State Road, Vineyard Haven

Gideon's Army

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 8:00 pm Chilmark Community Center
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 8:00 pm Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown
Dir. Dawn Porter | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2013 | 96 min.

Discussion with director Dawn Porter to follow

Meet three young public defenders, part of a group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South, as they challenge the assumptions that drive our criminal justice system to the breaking point. Backed by mentor and charismatic leader Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, head of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise), they struggle against long hours, low pay, and staggering caseloads. Even the most committed often give up in their first year. Fifty years since the Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainwright established the right to counsel, these courageous lawyers try to revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense, to make “justice for all” a reality.

Watch a trailer for the film below.

Co-presented by the MV NAACP Foundation