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 Vergès 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, Vergès disappeared from the public eye for nearly a decade. Upon his return Vergès 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.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Documentary
- Run Time: 130min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 10/12/2007
- DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
- Distributor(s): Magnolia
- Themes: Crimes Against Humanity
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (10-12-2007)
- Language: English,French,German