Advocate

“A profile of a fierce, principled woman…
offering insight into the inner workings –
and systemic biases – of Israeli law for Palestinians.”
Variety

 
Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for five decades, Lea is a staunch supporter of compassion within the court system. In her tireless quest for justice, she pushes the boundaries of a human rights defender to their limits.

As far as most Israelis are concerned, she defends the indefensible. As far as Palestinians are concerned, she’s more than an attorney, she’s an ally.

This original, provocative film exposes the human fallout of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and provides hope for a peaceful resolution.

“She’s one helluva woman.”
– Paula Jones, Doc Edge

Co-director Philippe Bellaïche directed Gypsy Davy (Doc Edge 2013), and was the cinematographer for two other Doc Edge titles: The Flat (2011) and Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions (2012).


Previous festival appearances for Advocate include
CPH:DOX, Denmark
Sundance, USA
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece: winner, Best Documentary; winner, FIPRESCI award


Session Time

Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre
Fri 7 Jun
04:30 PM
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre
Sun 9 Jun
02:00 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 2
Wed 19 Jun
04:45 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 1
Sun 23 Jun
02:15 PM
Year
2019
Duration
108 min
Country
Israel, Canada, Switzerland
Language
Arabic, Hebrew
Director
Rachel Leah Jones, PHILIPPE BELLAICHE
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