Event details

Followed by a Q&A with Philippe Bellaiche, chaired by Daphna Baram.

Attending this event

Philippe Bellaiche

Philippe Bellaiche is a French award-winning director, producer, cinematographer and lecturer. He was the recipient of the Cinema Arts Award in 2013. His credits include Between the Fences, Once I Entered a Garden, Avenge But One of My Two Eyes, The Settlers, The Flat, From Language to Language and Forget Baghdad. Many of the films he worked on have been selected by prestigious international film festivals and won awards.

Daphna Baram

Daphna Baram worked as a human rights lawyer at Leah Tzemel’s (Advocate) law firm in the 1990s. She later was a journalist and Deputy Editor in Chief for the Jerusalem based weekly Kol Ha’ir of Ha’aretz Group. She was a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford – an affiliation during which she wrote her critically acclaimed book Disenchantment: The Guardian and Israel (2004). She contributed commentary to The Guardian, The Independent. The New Statesman, BBC and AlJazeera, among others. She is currently a literary translator, a stand-up comedian, and the Director of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolition – UK.

Films screening at this event


Philippe Bellaiche
Rachel Leah Jones
Canada, Israel, Switzerland
110 min

Having represented Palestinians in Israeli courts for the past five decades, human-rights lawyer Leah Tsemel is a symbol of the ongoing fight in Israel/Palestine against the occupation. This compelling documentary follows Tsemel as she defends two of her recent clients, one of whom is a 13-year-old boy. Seen by many fellow Israelis as the enemy within, and destined to lose many of her battles, intrepid Tsemel refuses to give up and continues to believe wholeheartedly that a better future for both nations is within their grasp.

Winner – Best Israeli Film, Docaviv Film Festival 2019

Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival 2019

Winner – Jury Prize, Hong Kong Film Festival 2019

“Absorbingly up close and personal.” – The Hollywood Reporter