Terror's Advocate (12A)

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Documentary account of the career of Jacques Vergès, the radical French lawyer whose career has spanned 50 years, and taken him from defending Algerian liberation fighters to Nazi war-criminals and African dictators – with a mysterious gap in the middle when he vanished for eight years, possibly spending some of that time with his good friend Pol Pot.,/p>

The phrase "moral ambiguity" could have been coined for him; and Schroeder gives all the complexities their due – indeed, more than their due, since this runs somewhat over two hours.

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