Terror's Advocate

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Released 2007

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Director:
Barbet Schroeder
Released:
2007
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Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder transcends the borders of the political and judiciary arenas to explore the mystery of a man who stands up for some of society's most deplorable figures. Enigmatic lawyer Jacques Verg?s began his career by defending Djamila Bouhired - an activist who became the manifestation of the people's hunger for freedom - during the Algerian War of Independence. Later, after marrying his client and adopting an anti-colonialist stance, Verg?s disappeared from the public eye for nearly a decade. Upon his return Verg?s shocked the world by defending the rights of terrorists ranging from Magdalena Kopp to Anis Naccache, and even standing up for notorious Gestapo butcher Klaus Barbie. In addition to exploring the career of a man who has dedicated his life to defending the undefendable, director Schroeder also reveals the uncanny connections between the world's increasingly expansive blind terrorist networks.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It is one of the most engaging, morally unsettling political thrillers in quite some time, with the extra advantage of being true.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It is the gift of Terror's Advocate, Barbet Schroeder's riveting new documentary, to simply present Vergès as is, to say "here is the man" and let things speak for themselves. Do ...

  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Sure to inspire debate in France and Germany and of obvious interest to anyone who follows the roots of modern international terrorism, doc probes gray areas in the colorful life o...

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Drama

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Politics, Legal, Foreign Language, Crime