Advocate

by Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche

Contemporary Lives

(Canadian, Israel, Switzerland / 2019 / 108’)

If Lea Tsemel didn't exist, we'd have to invent her. That's very clear to the directors of

Advocate, who have known her ever since her student days in Israel, when she used to stand at the university’s door, handing out leaflets, urging people to put an end to the spiral of violence. Showing astonishing strength and kindness in the face of the most difficult, seemingly untenable cases, Lea defends the rights of the Palestinians in Israeli courts. Some people call her "the devil's advocate," but she's much more than that: a rebel fighting for human rights, a believer in Truth, a force of nature that does not give up in the face of obstacles and defies her opponents with her head held high. An example to the entire world.

 

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