Advocate is a deeply absorbing and empathetic account of the life of Jewish-Israeli advocate Lea Tsemel, who has worked tirelessly for nearly 50 years defending Palestinian clients accused of criminal charges by the Israeli state. With her clientele including feminists, fundamentalists, non-violent demonstrators, and armed militants, the film provides highly personal insights into the ongoing conflict. Expertly directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche, this richly multi-layered exploration of Tsemel’s life is equal parts courtroom drama and character study, with both her personal and professional lives fuelled by the passionate desire for justice that has made her a controversial and notorious figure in her own country.
Asia Pacific Screen Award – Best Documentary Feature Film
Cinema Eye – Honors Award
DocAviv FF (2019) – Best Israeli Film
Hong Kong (2019)
Palm Springs Int'l FF
Thessaloniki Doc FF (2019)