IFI Documentary Festival: ADVOCATE

Director: Philippe Bellaiche, Rachel Leah Jones

108 mins, Canada-Switzerland-Israel, 2019, Digital, Subtitled

Lea Tsemel is a Jewish Israeli lawyer who has defended the human rights of Palestinian prisoners for five decades: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. For Palestinians she is more than just an attorney, she is an ally. Advocate follows Tsemel’s caseload in real time, including the high-profile trial of a 13-year-old boy, her youngest client to date, while also revisiting her landmark cases and reflecting on the political significance of her work and the personal price paid for championing the Palestinian cause.

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Screening as part of the 2019 IFI Documentary Festival,  25th – 29th September. Full details here.

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