An examination of the career of Jacques Vergès (1925- ), attorney for members of Algeria's FLN, Palestine's FPLP, the Khmer Rouge, Carlos and associates, Klaus Barbie, and other revolutionaries and outcasts. Archival footage, news articles, and photographs mix with contemporary interviews of Vergès, friends, associates, and historians. Connections with Nazis are explored, as well as Vergès's marriage to Djamila Bouhared, his courtroom methods, his disappearance from 1970 to 1978, and the roots of his radicalism. Throughout, Vergès remains playful and charming, with a soupçon of arrogance. The film suggests Vergès's anti-colonial nature is at his center. Written by
Dictators. Terrorists. War Criminals. Meet the man who defended them all.
6 June 2007 (France)
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Opening Weekend USA: $11,197,
14 October 2007, Limited Release
Gross USA: $41,938, 4 November 2007
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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I was asked "Would you defend Hitler?" I said "I'd even defend Bush! But only if he agrees to plead guilty."