Tuesday
13
Oct
7.30pm
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Tue
13
Oct
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Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 7.30pm
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Lawyer Jacques Vergès has spent his life defending the indefensible. The son of a French father and a Vietnamese mother, he forged his reputation pleading for the darling of the Algerian liberation movement, Djamila Bouhired (whom he would eventually marry). However, he is now best known as counsel for such 20th-century monsters as Klaus Barbie - the Nazi known as the "Butcher of Lyon" - and notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Yet, as director Barbet Schroeder reveals in this compelling documentary, Vergès isn't simply a maverick with an addiction to contentious cases. He accepts briefs that he believes will help him unveil hypocrisy at the heart of French society. Schroeder fails to press Vergès on his views on Israel and his relationship with Cambodia's murderous dictator Pol Pot, but few film-makers have exposed global political reality quite so persuasively.



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Barbet Schroeder

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