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For nearly five decades, Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel has steadfastly defended Palestinians against all sorts of criminal charges. From anti-Zionist activists to suicide bombers to the children of the latest uprisings, she considers her clients political prisoners unjustly vilified in the press and public opinion. Ever since Tsemel joined the anti-occupation struggle in the 1970s, she decided the best way to fight for her ideals was in court. Defying hostility, sacrificing family relationships, and ignoring the odds, she's stood firm in her belief that justice can be served. Judiciously cutting between present-day trials and archives of key past cases, Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche construct a compelling portrait of an outspoken and tenacious 74-year-old who, through thick and thin, has never betrayed her principles. With excellent behind-the-scenes access, the film also offers fascinating insight into the inner workings of a biased justice system. – Charlotte Selb, Hot Docs