Documentary on Lea Tsemel wins Emmy

Documentary on Lea Tsemel, Israeli Lawyer Who Defends Palestinians, Wins Emmy

The Israeli documentary film, “Advocate,” which follows noted human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel, who defends Palestinians in Israeli courts, won the award for the Best Documentary on Wednesday at the 42nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

The film, directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche and originally produced for Israel’s Hot 8, focuses on the personality of Tsemel, a human rights lawyer who represents Palestinians in Israeli courts. It was an Oscar documentary nominee in 2019. The film was also an Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary category.

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