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Now almost 75, Lea Tsemel has spent her entire professional life as a human rights lawyer in Israel, mostly defending Palestinians who have resisted occupation both violently and non-violently. The name her opponents gave her reflects the controversial nature of her work: they call her The Devil’s Advocate. The film follows this passionately committed lawyer over the course of two cases, one concerning a 13-year-old boy involved in a stabbing, and the other a woman who committed a failed suicide attack. We see Tsemel in conversation with the defendants, her team of lawyers and the press, with the filmmakers making clever and effective use of animation in scenes that require anonymity. There are also interviews with her husband, children and colleagues, all of whom testify to her courage, tenacity and unwavering moral sense. The film also looks back at a number of high-profile cases from her legal career, all of which, with just a single hopeful exception, were stymied by a discriminatory judicial system. Despite everything, Tsemel’s hope for changes in the system and her keen eye for the human behind every case are what keep her going.
Rachel Leah Jones is a director and a producer born in Berkeley, California, and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has a BA in Race, Class, & Gender Studies and an MFA in Media Arts Production. Her credits include 500 dunam on the Moon (2002), Ashkenaz (2007), Targeted Citizen (2010), and Gypsy Davy (2011). Over the years, she has worked on numerous socially and politically engaged documentaries in Israel and Palestine, and for various progressive media outlets, such as the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem and Democracy Now! in New York. Advocate (2019) is her latest documentary.
Philippe Bellaïche is an award-winning Director of Photography born in 1967 in Paris. He specialises in documentary cinematography and his work includes over 40 films or television series made in the Middle East and across the Asia Pacific. In 2011, he collaborated with Rachel Leah Jones on Gypsy Davy as cinematographer and producer, and in 2019 they collaborated once more, on Advocate – his feature debut as a director.
Lea Tsemel, Orechet Din
Switzerland, Canada, Israel
Rachel Leah Jones
Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche, Joelle Bertossa, Paul Cadieux
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