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TERROR'S ADVOCATE

France, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Documentaries)

Director: Barbet Schroeder

TERROR'S ADVOCATE

“I'd even defend Bush… provided he pleaded guilty.” - Jacques Vergès

Defender of the unrighteous and downright monstrous, French lawyer Jacques Vergès presents an enigmatic and morally ambiguous figure. His career and notoriety began with the Algerian War of Independence when he saved a cafe bomber from the death penalty and married her upon release. Vergès went on to defend the likes of Carlos the Jackal and Nazi Klaus Barbie (‘The Butcher of Lyon'), and even became good friends with Pol Pot.In the process of delving into the complexities of Vergès's life and exploits Terror's Advocate also exposes a disturbing underground history of 20th century revolution and terrorism.

“Jacques Vergès is such a compelling, complex and contradictory character that if he didn't exist someone would be obliged to invent him.” - L.A. Times


D Barbet Schroeder P Rita Dagher Dist Hopscotch L French, German, English, Khmer w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2007/138mins

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