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Public Defender 

Restoring humanity, one relationship at a time

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Heather Shaner, a feisty, blue-haired defense attorney in Washington, DC, has spent over 45 years representing people who can’t afford a lawyer. But her empathy is tested when a violent mob supporting outgoing President Donald Trump storms the U.S. Capitol.

She is assigned to represent Jack Griffith, a social media influencer, and Annie Howell, a single mother and painter. As Heather gets to know her clients, she discovers Jack and Annie were deceived by misinformation and thought they’d joined a righteous defense of democracy, not an authoritarian wave.

 

PUBLIC DEFENDER explores the delicate state of U.S. democracy, the forces threatening to tear it apart, and the people dedicated to protecting it. When trust is lost amidst a growing political divide, the unlikely bonds between Heather and her clients reveal how people can rise above the fray to find each other’s humanity.

The Participants

The Team

Andrea Kalin

Andrea Kalin

Producer / Director / Writer

Thomas Niles

Thomas Niles

Editor

David Enders

David Enders

Field Producer / Additional Photography

Ethan Oser

Ethan Oser

Producer / Director of Photography

Janice Engel

Janice Engel

Consulting Producer

Mike Sayre

Mike Sayre

Composer

Kate Woodsome

Kate Woodsome

Senior Producer

Liz Gilbert Cohen

Liz Gilbert Cohen

Consulting Producer

Jordan Hart

Jordan Hart

Singer / Songwriter, The Red and the Blue

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