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Film Series : CPFF2020

ADVOCATE

2019, Philippe Bellaiche and Rachel Leah Jones, Israel, Canada/Switzerland, 108 min.
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  • Thu, Oct 1st 7:00pm

“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.

Preceded by SELFIE ZEIN (2019, Amira Diab,Palestine, 11 min.

Location: ChiTown Movies 2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608
Price: $28 (early bird special 30% off. Use code: CPFF )

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