Advocate (Winner Best International Documentary)
Sat Oct 26 1:30 PM
Sat Oct 26
For nearly five decades, Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinians against all sorts of criminal charges. From suicide bombers to the children of the latest uprisings, she considers her clients to be political prisoners, and pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits. In Advocate, we join her at work. Directors Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche masterfully juxtapose two of Tsemel’s cases, one professional and the other personal: the defense of a minor accused of attempted murder, and a past case in which she defended her activist husband from an accusation of treason against the state. The result is an original, provocative film that offers a compelling portrait of an outspoken woman and a fascinating insight into the inner workings of a biased justice system.