Western Massachusetts Premiere
Makes for a potent viewing as a portrait of a steadfast activist with a controversial cause.
– The New York Times
Sunday, April 5 7:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley
In this DocAviv best film winner, a controversial lawyer pushes Israeli courts to the limit in defense of Palestinian rights. Against dispiriting odds, Lea Tsemel has for nearly 50 years represented political prisoners in the face of what she views as a rigged legal system. Navigating a tricky ethical morass, the indefatigable advocate reserves judgement of the accused and says she always starts a case with optimism. Juxtaposing high-profile court cases with flashbacks to her political awakenings and fraught attempts at raising a family, this Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee employs an inventive mix of live-action footage and rotoscoped animation to examine this outspoken anti-establishment figure. (Note adapted from Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.)
Official Selection Winner's Circle, DOC NYC
Introduction by Mara Benjamin, Chair of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Post-screening discussion with Sohail Hashmi, Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College.
Co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Program in Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Weisman Center for Leadership, and McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
Documentary | 2020 | 114 minutes
Israel, Switzerland, Canada | Hebrew and Arabic with Subtitles
Directed by Philippe Bellaiche, Rachel Leah Jones