Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Advocate
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Advocate

Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche

Advocate

Jewish lawyer Lea Tsemel is a law earthquake in Israel. Specialized in the defence of Palestinian political prisoners.

2019
108 min.
Israel, Canada and Switzerland
Hebrew, Arabic and English
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish and English

Projeccions

2/1/2021
00:00
Lleida
Lleida · Projecció Online
2/3/2021
19:30
Vilanova i la Geltrú
Teatre Principal
€3.00
2/4/2021
00:00
Amposta
Amposta · Projecció online
19:00
Girona
Cinema Truffaut
19:00
Barcelona
Cinemes Girona
€6.00
20:00
Esterri d'Àneu
Ecomuseu de la Vall d'Àneu
20:00
Cardedeu
Cinema Esbarjo
€5.00
20:00
Manresa
Auditori Plana de l'Om
20:30
Banyoles
Auditori de l'Ateneu de Banyoles
€3.00
2/5/2021
19:30
Joanetes - La Vall d'en Bas
Can Trona - Centre de Cultura i Natura
2/6/2021
17:00
Joanetes - La Vall d'en Bas
Can Trona - Centre de Cultura i Natura
19:00
Premià de Mar
Patronat Social Premianenc
€4.00
20:00
Ontinyent
Cine Club Utiye
2/7/2021
18:30
Llorenç del Penedès
El Centre
2/9/2021
00:00
Gijón
Gijón · Proyección Online
19:00
Madrid
Cineteca
€3.00
2/10/2021
00:00
Mataró
Mataró · Projecció Online
€3.00
19:40
Terrassa
Cinema Catalunya
€3.60
20:00
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sala d'actes de la Casa de Culura
2/11/2021
19:00
Sant Quirze del Vallès
Sala d’Actes de la Biblioteca Municipal
2/12/2021
00:00
Calafell
Calafell
00:00
Sant Quirze del Vallès
Sala d’Actes de la Biblioteca Municipal
00:00
Tarragona
Tarragona · Projecció Online
20:00
Castellar del Vallès
Auditori Miquel Pont
€3.00
2/13/2021
00:00
Sort
Cinema Els Til·lers + Online
00:00
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat · Projecció Online
2/14/2021
00:00
Barcelona
Biblioteca de Vilapicina i la Torre Llobeta + Online
00:00
Santa Coloma de Gramenet
Santa Coloma de Gramanet · Projecció Online
2/15/2021
00:00
Castelldefels
Castelldefels · Projecció Online
19:00
Vigo
Auditorio Municipal do Concello
20:00
Barcelona
Teatre de Sarrià
€3.00
2/16/2021
18:00
Salamanca
Teatro Juan del Enzina + Online
19:00
Barcelona
Casa Elizalde
19:00
Matadepera
Escola de Música Frederic Mompou
19:30
Tudela de Duero
Tudela de Duero
2/18/2021
00:00
Salamanca
Teatro Juan del Enzina + Online
00:00
Huesca
Huesca · Proyección Online
19:00
Barcelona
Auditori de Sant Martí
19:00
Reus
Centre de la Imatge Mas Iglesias
19:30
Barcelona
Centre Cívic Ateneu Fort Pienc
20:00
Tona
Sala La Canal
€3.00
20:00
Girona
Centre Cívic Santa Eugènia
2/19/2021
00:00
Maó
Maó · Projecció Online
19:30
Barcelona
Lluïsos d'Horta
2/21/2021
18:00
Montgat
Biblioteca Tirant Lo Blanc
19:00
Tortosa
Teatre Auditori Felip Pedrell
2/22/2021
18:00
Alacant / Alicante
Sala d'actes de CCOO
2/23/2021
19:00
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Teatro Guiniguada
€2.00
20:00
Palma de Mallorca
CineCiutat
€5.00
2/24/2021
00:00
Barberà del Vallès
Teatre Municipal Cooperativa
20:00
Corralejo
Auditorio de Corralejo
20:00
Antigua
Centro Polivalente Manuel Sánchez González
2/25/2021
19:00
Madrid
Cines Embajadores
€6.00
19:00
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
La Granja - Espacio de Creación
€2.00
19:30
León
Teatro el Albéitar
20:00
Viladecans
Atrium Teatre
€3.00
20:30
Monzón
Teatro Victoria
20:30
Los Llanos de Aridane
Multicines Millennium
2/26/2021
19:00
Rubí
Ateneu Municipal
19:00
Sant Just Desvern
Ateneu de Sant Just
€5.00
19:30
Maçanet de la Selva
Teatre La Societat
20:00
La Bisbal d'Empordà
Teatre Mundial
2/27/2021
20:00
Frontera
Centro Cultural Ana Barrera Casañas
2/28/2021
19:00
Premià de Mar
Patronat Social Premianenc
€4.00
20:00
Barcelona
Teatre de Sarrià
€3.00
3/17/2021
18:00
València
Octubre Centre Cultura Contemporània
3/23/2021
20:00
A Coruña
Centro Ágora
€2.50
Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Advocate
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Datasheet

Show
Direction
Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Sound
Yuval Bar-on, Rachel Leah Jones
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Philippe Bellaiche, Rachel Leah Jones, Paul Cadieux, Maryse Rouillard, Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon
Co-production
Close Up Films, Filmoption International, Home Made Docs
Music
Robert Marcel Lepage
Film editor
Yaël Bitton
Script
Rachel Leah Jones
Synopsis

Jewish lawyer Lea Tsemel is a law earthquake in Israel, specializing in the defence of Palestinian political prisoners, and she considers herself an 'optimistic angry woman'. Outspoken, she agrees to represent Palestinian defendants whether or not they have committed crimes under the revolutionary idea and strong conviction that the repression they suffer justifies their struggle to break free.

The comprehensive follow-up of the preparation for the defence of two specific cases: Ahmad, a 13-year-old boy accused of participating in the stabbing of an Israeli boy, and Israa Jaabis, accused by Israeli officials of a failed attempt of suicide attack, offers us a look into the protagonist’s unclassifiable and exceptional personality. With tireless energy, she has been trying for more than five decades to change and make public opinion aware that the Israeli government's occupation and repression of Palestinians are also to blame for this violence.

A human rights defender, she claims that the Israelis are complicit and have no right to tell Palestinians how they should fight. An indispensable story in which Lea Tsemel sends us a powerful plea and message: "You should try to understand me, because I am the future."

About the direction
Rachel Leah Jones

Rachel Leah Jones

Director

Born in Berkeley, California in 1970 and raised between Berkeley and Tel Aviv, Jones is a critically...

Philippe Bellaiche

Philippe Bellaiche

Director

Born in Paris, France in 1967, Bellaiche is an award-winning DP whose credits include Between Fences...

Awards and festivals

Sundance
United States, 2019
Award FPRSEI · Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Greece, 2019
Best Documentary Film · Cracòvia FF
Poland, 2019
HotDocs
Canada, 2019
Best Documentary Film · Moscow Jewish Film Festival
Russia, 2019
Jury Prize · Hong Kong International Film Festival
China, 2019
Best Isreali Documentary Film
Israel, 2019
Best Documentary Film · Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Australia, 2019
Best Documentary Film · Israeli Film Academy Awards
Israel, 2020
Movies That Matter Award · ZagrebDox
Croacia, 2020
Bridging the Borders Award · Palm Springs Film Festival
United States, 2020
The 2020 Unforgettables · Cinema Eye Honors Awards
United States, 2020
Official Selection · DocsBarcelona
Spain, 2020
Official Selection · CPH:DOX
Denmark, 2019
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Reviews

Expertly directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche, "Advocate" examines Tsemel from numerous perspectives, delving into her history, her family and the way she operates day to day.

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Advocate"... makes for potent viewing as a portrait of a steadfast activist with a controversial cause.

— Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

This documentary portrait of Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel gets absorbingly up close and personal.

— Keith Uhlich, Hollywood Reporter
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