The controversial documentary, Advocate, about Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel, who has defended terrorists, was acquired for broadcast on US television by POV, the independent documentary showcase that presents films on the country’s Public Broadcasting Service, according to a report in Screen International.The film will be available for streaming, as well as on the PBS Passport service for public television subscribers. Directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, the film has repeatedly been the focus of controversy in Israel. In June, Mifal Hapais announced it would reconsider funding future prizes at Docaviv, the Tel Aviv international documentary festival, after bereaved families of terror victims protested when the top award at Docaviv was given to Advocate. The film was set to be screened at the Docaviv Galilee festival in November at a municipal auditorium in Ma’alot Tarshiha, but then-mayor Arkady Pomeranets canceled the screening. The move was applauded by Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. The film, however, was still screened at the festival but in a different auditorium.While families of terror victims have repeatedly protested the film, others have pointed out it shows that in the Israeli justice system, even those accused of terrorism are entitled to be defended.The film has been released in New York and Los Angeles. It has won awards around the world, including in Hong Kong, Greece and Poland. It is currently on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary category. Oscar nominations will be announced on January 13.