Advocate

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About The Film

In this DocAviv best film winner, a controversial Jewish lawyer pushes Israeli courts to the limit in unwavering defense of Palestinian rights. Against dispiriting odds, Lea Tsemel has for nearly 50 years represented Palestinian prisoners in the face of what she views as a rigged legal system. Navigating a tricky ethical morass, Tsemel reserves judgement of the accused, even those resisting Israeli occupation with violence. Juxtaposing high-profile court cases with flashbacks to her leftist awakening and fraught attempts at raising a family, this Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee employs an inventive mix of live-action footage and rotoscoped animation to examine this outspoken anti-establishment figure.