The Judge

Palestine | 2017 | 81 min • Documentary Feature
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Harkins Sedona 6 - Theatre 6 Sun, Feb 24, 2019 10:20 AM
Harkins Sedona 6 - Theatre 6 Tue, Feb 26, 2019 4:20 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2017
Run Time:81
Production Country:Palestine
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Erika Cohn
Producer(s):Erika Cohn


"The Judge" provides rare insight into Shari’a law, an often misunderstood legal framework for Muslims, told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s religious courts. When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge in the Shari’a courts.

"The Judge" offers a unique portrait of Kholoud — her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine — custody of children, divorce, abuse — while offering an unvarnished look at life for women under Shari’a law.

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