Advocate

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Mon, 03/16/2020 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

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Q&A with Director Rachel Leah Jones via Skype and Asaf Calderon joins in-person.

The Film

Directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche / 2019 / 108 min

Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for five decades, Tsemel, in her tireless quest for justice, pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits.

As far as most Israelis are concerned, she defends the indefensible. As far as Palestinians are concerned, she's more than an attorney, she’s an advocate.

Advocate follows Tsemel’s caseload in real-time, including the high-profile trial of a 13-year-old boy — her youngest client to date — while also revisiting her landmark cases and reflecting on the political and professional significance of her work as well as the personal price one pays for assuming the role of “devil’s advocate.”

Advocate premiered at the 2019 Sundance Festival, went on to win top prizes at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Kraków Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival and Docaviv Festival, and was Oscar-shortlisted.

Post-Screening Q&A

Rachel Leah Jones (Director/Producer) will join via Skype. Born in Berkeley, California in 1970 and raised between Berkeley and Tel Aviv, Jones is a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on Israel/Palestine. She has a BA in Race, Class and Gender Studies and an MFA in Documentary Media Arts. Her directing credits include: 500 Dunam on the Moon (2002) commissioned by France Channel 2; Ashkenaz (2007) commissioned by Israel Channel 8; Targeted Citizen (2010) commissioned by Adalah: the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; and Gypsy Davy (2012) commissioned by Israel Channel 8 (Sundance 2012). In addition to making her own films, Jones has produced extensively with others, e.g. Wall by Simone Bitton (Cannes 2004; Special Jury Prize Sundance 2005) and has been affiliated with progressive media outlets such as Democracy Now! in New York.

Asaf Calderon is an Israeli anti-Zionist activist based in New York. Asaf is a social work student at Hunter College and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace.

This event is part of the Winter 2020 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film, taking place this Feb–Mar.

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