Born in Berkeley, California in 1970 and raised between Berkeley and Tel Aviv, Israel, Rachel Leah Jones is a socially and politically engaged documentary filmmaker who specialises in Israel/Palestine. Her directorial credits include: 500 Dunam on the Moon (2002) about a Palestinian village transformed into a Jewish artists’ colony; Targeted Citizen (2010) about the inequality of Palestinian citizens of Israel; and Gypsy Davy (2012) about her father, a white American who reinvented himself as a Spanish flamenco guitarist. She received her first APSA nomination in 2019 for Advocate, which played at the Sundance Film Festival and which she won multiple awards and was nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Film at APSA. Jones has also produced others’ works including Simone Bitton’s Wall that played the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance.

Accolades

Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche and Paul Cadieux and Joëlle Bertossa
Best Documentary Film, 2019

Advocate

Best Documentary Film, 2019

Advocate

Lea Tsemel has defended political prisoners for nearly 50 years and defies convention at every turn. In particular, the human rights lawyer who is equal…

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Films

Advocate
2019

Advocate

Israel, Canada, Switzerland
2019

Advocate

Lea Tsemel has defended political prisoners for nearly 50 years and defies convention at every turn. In particular, the human rights lawyer who is equal…

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