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Advocate follows Jewish-Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel and looks at the political significance and the personal price of her near fifty years spent defending Palestinian political prisoners – despite nearly always losing. Lea's clients range from feminists to fundamentalists, and those who have engaged in both violent and nonviolent resistance to the occupation. Filmmakers Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche tell Lea's story through animation, archive and observation, to show a principled, passionate woman caught up in the complexities of power relations and cycles of abuse, and to offer insight into the realities of Israeli law as experienced by Palestinians.

This film is one of our Doc/Fest 2019 picks.

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