Asia Pacific Screen Award – Best Documentary Feature Film

Cinema Eye – Honors Award

Cracow (2019)

DocAviv FF (2019) – Best Israeli Film

Hong Kong (2019)

Palm Springs Int'l FF

Sundance (2019)

Thessaloniki Doc FF (2019)

SA Premiere

Availability &
Screening Time:

500 tickets
Sat 29 Aug / 8pm + Q&A @ 9.55pm Sun 30 Aug / 9am


Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaïche


Canada | Israel | Switzerland



Running Time:

109 min


Arabic | Hebrew | English

Advocate is a deeply absorbing and empathetic account of the life of Jewish-Israeli advocate Lea Tsemel, who has worked tirelessly for nearly 50 years defending Palestinian clients accused of criminal charges by the Israeli state. With her clientele including feminists, fundamentalists, non-violent demonstrators, and armed militants, the film provides highly personal insights into the ongoing conflict. Expertly directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche, this richly multi-layered exploration of Tsemel’s life is equal parts courtroom drama and character study, with both her personal and professional lives fuelled by the passionate desire for justice that has made her a controversial and notorious figure in her own country.

Please join us for a live online Q&A with the Director on Sat 29 Aug @ 9.55pm