2019 Alumni

Expected to Attend: Director Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche

Israeli attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinians in court for five decades, from nonviolent demonstrators to armed militants. To many Israeli Jews, Tsemel is a controversial figure, even a traitor, willing to defend the enemy, but she remains steadfast in her belief that her clients’ crimes are acts of resistance that must be heeded. Directors Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche profile this fierce, principled woman, while offering insight into the inner workings–and systemic biases–of Israeli law for Palestinians. Courtesy of Film Movement. Winner: DocAviv, Krakow, Thessaloniki.

Co-presented by Film FatalesHuman Rights Watch Film Festival and The Forward




Winner's Circle


Director: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche
Executive Producer: Neil Tabatznik; Robin Smith
Producer: Philippe Bellaïche, Rachel Leah Jones, Paul Cadieux, Joelle Bertossa
Cinematographer: Philippe Bellaiche
Editor: Yael Bitton
Music: Robert Marcel Lepage
Running Time: 108
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
Country: Israel, Canada, Switzerland
Year: 2019
Publicist: Foundry Communications
US Distributor: Film Movement
Sales Agent: Cinephil