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Terror's Advocate -- A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defended unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Terror's Advocate -- A documentary on Jacques Verg�s, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Terror's Advocate -- Clip: Nazi War Criminal Klaus Barbie
Terror's Advocate -- A documentary on Jacques Verg�s, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Terror's Advocate -- Clip: I'd Defend Bush


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Dictators. Terrorists. War Criminals. Meet the man who defended them all.
A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jacques Vergès ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bassam Abu Sharif ... Himself

Klaus Barbie ... Himself (archive footage)
Abderrahmane Benhamida ... Himself
Djamila Bouhared ... Herself
Bachir Boumaâza ... Himself
Maître Brahimi ... Himself
Louis Caprioli ... Himself
Carlos ... Himself (voice)
Nuon Chea ... Himself
Isabelle Coutant-Peyre ... Herself
Jean-Paul Dollé ... Himself
Zohra Drif-Bitat ... Herself (as Zohra Drif)

Guillaume Durand ... Himself (archive footage)
Lionel Duroy ... Himself
Claude Faure ... Himself
David Flinchheimer ... Himself
Horst Franz ... Himself
Rolande Giraud-Arnaud ... Herself
Tep Khunal ... Himself
Hans-Joachim Klein ... Himself
Magdalena Kopp ... Herself
Alain Marsaud ... Himself
Gilles Menage ... Himself (as Gilles Ménage)
Claude Moniquet ... Himself
Raymond Muelle ... Himself (as Colonel Raymond Muelle)
Anis Naccache ... Himself
Karim Pakradomi ... Himself
Yacef Saadi ... Himself (as Yacef Saâdi)

Barbet Schroeder ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Oliver Schröm ... Himself
Siné ... Himself
Mahab Suleiman ... Himself
Martine Tigrane ... Herself
Patricia Tourancheau ... Herself
Neda Vidakovic ... Herself
Tobias Wunschik ... Himself

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Produced by
Brahim Chioua .... co-producer
Rita Dagher .... producer
Original Music by
Jorge Arriagada 
Cinematography by
Caroline Champetier 
Jean-Luc Perréard 
Film Editing by
Nelly Quettier 
Production Management
Sylvie Balland .... production manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Anne-Sophie Potier .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eugénie Grandval .... collaborating director
Sound Department
Stéphane Bucher .... sound mixer
Yves Coméliau .... sound
Nicolas d'Halluin .... sound recordist
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Pierre Martens .... sound effects editor
Béatrice Wick .... sound
Visual Effects by
Wulff Jeremy .... digital compositor
Sabine Lineres .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Andre Chemetoff .... assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Chesnais .... camera operator
Emmanuel Demorgon .... gaffer
Léo Hinstin .... first assistant camera
Laurent Usse .... key grip
Editorial Department
Sophie Denize .... digital intermediate producer
Jean-Baptiste Le Guen .... digital film supervisor
Alexandra Pocquet .... colorist
Christian Riffard .... post-production
Elif Uluengin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Colonne .... score music performed by
Orchestre Colonne .... music performed by
Eugenia Melian .... music supervisor
Other crew
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Pierre Selinger .... production attorney
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... press attache
Prosper Keating .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"L'avocat de la terreur" - France (original title)
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France:135 min
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Jacques Vergès:I was asked "Would you defend Hitler?" I said "I'd even defend Bush! But only if he agrees to plead guilty."See more »
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Features The Battle of Algiers (1966)See more »


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"Investigative biographical mystery...", 29 August 2014
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

French-Swiss producer and director Barbet Schroeder's documentary feature is based on his opinions about his main interviewee. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 60th Cannes International Film Festival in 2007, was shot on locations in Algeria, France, Cambodia and Lebanon and is a French production which was produced by producer Rita Dagher. It tells the story about a person of Vietnamese and French origins who was born in Thailand on the 5th of March in 1925, raised on Réunion Island in France, taken to a mass grave by his parents as a ten-year-old, served his initial service as a seventeen-year-old, joined the French Communist Party as a twenty-year-old, studied literature and eastern languages in Paris, France, began studying law as a thirty-year-old after his twin-brother named Paul Vergès was arrested for the murder of a political opponent of his father named Raymond Vergès and as a thirty-two-year-old lawyer was introduced to an Algerian Muslim and political activist named Zohra Drif and asked to defend an Algerian member of the National Liberation Front Algeria named Djamila Bouhired.

Distinctly and precisely directed by French-Swiss filmmaker Barbet Schroeder, this finely paced documentary which is narrated interchangeably from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the central person's point of view, draws an informative portrayal of a son, brother, husband, father, anti-colonist and renowned 20th and 21st century author and defense attorney with both French and Algerian citizenship named Jacques Vergès (1925-2013), and his relationship with his clients. While notable for its versatile milieu depictions and reverent cinematography by cinematographers Caroline Champetier and Jean-Paul Perrard, this narrative-driven story about the history of international terrorism and France-Algeria relations, connections, colonialism leading to anarchy, terrorism and war and what it is like for people to live in colonized countries, where interviews with friends, Cambodian, Algerian, Palestinian, German and Lebanese freedom fighters, members of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, members of Khmer Rouge, members of Revolutionary Cells, secret service agents, Stasi agents, revolutionary Islamists and Christians, journalists, jurists, collaborators, politicians, historians and philosophers talks about their experiences, political views and views on the person in question, depicts a majestic and mysterious study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Jorge Arrigada.

This somewhat humorous though thematically on the contrary, poignantly atmospheric and retrospectively historic documentary feature from the late 2000s which is set in the late 20th century and early 21st century in European, Middle eastern and Asian countries and where the life of a profound jurist and character with character who surpasses many great acting performances in cinema history, who defended terrorists, dictators and war criminals, who worked in mysterious ways and who in the 1970s after having gotten married with a client and converted to Islam went incognito for eight years, is placed into an historical context which commendably emphasizes the irrevocable consequences of terrorism and how closely associated state officials are with militant groups, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, rhythmic continuity, cinematic use of archival footage, news articles and photographs, interviews which ranges from Tunisian journalist Lionel Duroy, German former exile Hans-Joachim Klein to German photographer Magdalena Kopp and comment by Mansour : "But after having considered the case,- maybe they heard voices like Jeanne d'Arc did, they chose me." An investigative biographical mystery.

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