Location: ChiTown Movies 2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608
Price: $28 (early bird special 30% off. Use code: CPFF )
“Tough-minded, clear-eyed…a textured nonfiction character study of complicated heroism.”—Guy Lodge, Variety
“Riveting…a deeply bittersweet portrait of a magnetic individual.”--Paul O’Callaghan, Sight & Sound
“Engrossing…provocative…potent viewing.”--Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
Israeli lawyer Lea Tremel faces the most difficult and case in a long career dedicated to representing Palestinians accused of crimes including terrorism, in this gripping documentary that was short-listed for a 2020 Oscar nomination. The former student activist and human rights champion has been called a traitor, a devil’s advocate and more by fellow Israelis. She is never more controversial than when she steps up to defend a 13-year-old boy charged with attempted murder after he ran through the streets waving an ornamental knife while his 15-year-old cousin (subsequently shot to death by police) carried out a non-fatal stabbing. “I always see the person behind the case,” states Tremel, as the filmmakers take a fly-on-the-wall approach to following the high-profile progress of her defense, even though her odds of victory are near zero. In Hebrew, Arabic, and English with English subtitles.