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FILME

Advocate

Léa Tsemel, avocat

67 films in 10 categories
Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche
Israel, Canada, Switzerland
107'


2019
Photo Film

V.O.

Arabic, Hebrew, English

subtitles

Romanian, English

Original Title

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Léa Tsemel, advocate

CATEGORY

JUSTICE IN UNJUST TIMES

synopsis

In Israel’s juridical landscape, everyone seems to fear the lawyer Léa Tsemel, the face of militancy and of the unabated fight for justice in a world overrun by chaos and resentment. After a career of 50 years of political trials born out of the never-ending conflict between Israel and Palestine, she has made a strong name for herself that still stands today: the “terrorists’ lawyer,” sometimes at the risk of herself becoming a victim of violence and revenge. In a televised interview from the ‘90s, she makes her position clear: terrorism is a means of fighting for freedom and independence, and the Palestinians have every right to raise their weapons in order to free their homeland. With the inevitable loss of all trials in which she defends them, her perseverance seems all the more bizarre, turning into an extreme form of militancy for the Palestinian cause.

Constantly shifting between her image as devil’s advocate and that of human rights fighter, Léa Tsemel’s figure, putting aside all paradoxes, reveals itself straight out of the Judaeo-Palestinian history, experienced raw not as her co-nationals have, but from the opposite side of the barricades, from amongst the accused. (by Andreea Chiper)


*Adopted by: LIDERJUST

awards and festivals

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2019 - Jury Award: Best Documentary, Golden Firebird Award / Krakow Film Festival 2019 - Golden Horn Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary / Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2019 - FIPRESCI Award, Golden Alexander Award

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Cinephil

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