POV Season 33
  • Feature Film
  • 2020
  • 90 Mins

A political firebrand in her home country, Israeli defense attorney Lea Tsemel is known by her opponents as "the devil's advocate," for her decades-long defense of Palestinians who have been accused of resisting the occupation, both violently and non-violently. Official selection for Sundance. Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature for the 92nd Academy Awards.

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Lesson Plan

  • Grades 9-10,
  • Grades 11-12

Advocate: Perceptions of Justice

Film Credits

  • Rachel Leah Jones Director/Producer
  • Philippe Bellaïche Director/Producer

Critical Acclaim

With their Sundance-premiering ADVOCATE they’ve created an in-the-trenches portrait of this unapologetic firebrand... A remarkable character. A warrior for justice who’s spent her entire adult life taking punch after punch, she forever gets up undaunted to fight another day.

Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

As both a portrait of an exceptional character and something of a legal procedural, “Advocate” is a fascinating watch.

Naomi Fry, The New Yorker