November 13, 2019 – Toronto, ON – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the long list of feature documentaries being considered for the 2020 Oscars®. In fact, 159 films are on the very long list but among those titles are some Canadian or Canadian co-pro titles.
In alphabetical order, the very first film on the list is Advocate. When we covered this film for the 2019 Hot Docs festival we wrote, “Advocate is an Israel-Canada-Switzerland co-production and it screens in Hot Docs’ Special Presentations programs. It’s about human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel (pictured above) who has been defending Palestinians against all sorts of criminal charges for almost 50 years. The directors, Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche, weave this profile out of new and archival footage so that we get to know the 74-year-old lawyer who has never betrayed her principles.”